The NBA switched things up this year, stuffing all of the All-Star festivities in one night to reduce COVID exposure. That meant the NBA started Sunday’s events with the 2021 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge.
Check below for the highlights, as well as each sneaker worn this year from young hoopers in Anfernee Simons, Obi Toppin, and Cassius Stanley.
Anfernee Simons won the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with impressive ups for his size. The young Trail Blazers guard dunked from 12-feet and even tried to kiss the rim on his final attempt.
Like his Trail Blazers teammate Robert Covington in the Skills Challenge, Anfernee wore the “All-Star” Kobe 6 Protro, that you can find HERE.
Big man Obi Toppin narrowly lost the final dunk off 3-2 by judges decision, but he did show out on the sneaker front.
Obi hails from Brooklyn and plays for his home state New York Knicks, so it makes sense he would pay homage. The teal “Statue of Liberty” Air Jordan 35 needs to drop, although it looks to be a PE right now.
The man with a legendary vertical, Cassius Stanley utilized his two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers to be eligible for this year’s Slam Dunk Contest.
Stanley also signed a deal with Puma prior to the competition, securing the bag the day before. The Puma RS-Dreamer he wore this game can be found at StockX.