HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA Development League Affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, and the NBA Development League have announced that forward Alfonzo McKinnie has been selected to participate in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
McKinnie (6’8/215/Green Bay) is averaging 15 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in a breakout season with Windy City. The Chicago native has tallied 10 double-doubles on the season after being selected by Windy City out of a local tryout camp.
Joining McKinnie in the competition are defending champion John Jordan (Raptors 905), Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne), Troy Williams (Iowa), Derek Cooke Jr (Northern Arizona) and Trashon Burrell (Long Island).
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, are three of the five judges for the final round of NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon. The trio will be joined by Tas Melas and J.E. Skeets of NBA TV’s The Starters. 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.
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 competition will begin 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 1:30 p.m. CST. The final round of both the Slam Dunk and the Three-Point Contest will air live on NBA TV during halftime of the NBA D-League All-Star Game. The first round of each event will be streamed live on the NBA D-League’s Facebook page, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Windy City continues its current home stand with games tonight and Saturday at the Sears Centre. For tickets and information, visit WindyCityBulls.com.