Alex Poythress selected to All-Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest

By Vinessa Needham | February 6, 2017

Poythress Selected to NBA D-League All-Star game and Slam Dunk Contest

The NBA Development League announced that Alex Poythress has been selected as a 2017 NBA D-League All-Star.

Poythress has played in 28 games for Fort Wayne this season, where he is averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks over 30.7 minutes per game.

The All-Star game will air live Saturday, February 18th on NBA TV starting at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Poythress has also been selected to compete in the D-League Slam Dunk Contest.

“It’s a humbling experience and I’m excited to be representing the Mad Ants,” Poythress said. “I couldn’t have gotten here without my teammates or coaches.”

2017 NBA D-League All-Star Poythress will be joined by 2016 Slam Dunk Champion John Jordan (Raptors 905), Troy Williams (Iowa Energy), Derek Cooke Jr. (Northern Arizona Suns), Alfonzo McKinnie (Windy City Bulls) and Trahson Burrell (Long Island Nets).

The two-round contest will tip off during NBA All-Star Practice and culminate during halftime of the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, which begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The first round will be streamed live on the NBA D-League’s Facebook page, beginning with the Slam Dunk preliminary at 12:30 p.m. ET. The final round of both the Slam Dunk will air live on NBA TV during halftime of the NBA D-League All-Star Game.

The NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon has all four competitors completing two dunks in the first round, with each judge awarding six to 10 points for each dunk.  Dunkers will have 60 seconds to complete each dunk.  The two players with the highest composite scores after the first-round move on to the second round, where the time limits and scoring system remain the same.  The player with the highest composite score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk champion.

The first round of the dunk competition will be judged by NBA players Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) and Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte Hornets) as well as Melas and Skeets.

NBA players Langston Galloway (New Orleans Pelicans), Tim Frazier (Pelicans) and Jonathon Simmons (San Antonio Spurs), all of whom have played in the NBA D-League. Along with Tas Melas and J.E. Skeets, hosts of NBA TV’s The Starters, will judge the final round of NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon.


NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon:


Player (Team)                                   Ht.        Wt.         College                Birthdate

Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne)            6-7         235        Kentucky              9/6/1993

John Jordan (Raptors 905)               5-10       180        Texas A&M          10/7/1992

Troy Williams (Iowa)                         6-5          218        Indiana                 12/30/1994

Derek Cooke Jr. (Northern Arizona) 6-9         220        Wyoming              8/23/1991

Alfonzo McKinnie (Windy City)         6-8         215        Wisc-Green Bay   9/17/1992

Trahson Burrell (Long Island)           6-7         190        Memphis              11/16/1992