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Three-Point Specialists and High-Flying Dunkers Compete in 2015 NBA Development League Dream Factory Presented by Boost Mobile

By Brian Kotloff | February 11, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2015 – The 2015 NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile returns to NBA All-Star festivities on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET as it tips off NBA D-League All-Star activities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Events get underway with the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three-Point Contest, which includes six sharp-shooting NBA D-League standouts.  Action continues during halftime of the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire with the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest features five high-flying NBA D-Leaguers.

Returning to compete in the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest are Ra’Shad James (Reno), who was the runner-up last year, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Westchester) whose younger brother Giannis (Milwaukee) is competing in the NBA’s Sprite Slam Dunk competition.  Joining Antetokounmpo and James are newcomers to the contest Eric Griffin (Texas), Kevin Olekaibe (Canton) and Jarvis Threatt (Rio Grande Valley).

The six-man Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three-Point Contest features long-range shooters Vander Blue (Los Angeles), Seth Curry (Erie), whose brother Stephen (Golden State) is competing in the NBA’s Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, Jarell Eddie (Austin), Shane Gibson (Idaho), DJ Seeley (Delaware) and David Wear (Reno).  All six shooters are connecting on more than 40 percent of their shots from deep, with Curry draining an NBA D-League high 108 threes this season.

The five Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contestants will be judged by a five-person panel, headlined by NBA D-League veteran and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson and the lucky winner of the NBA D-League Dream Factory Sweepstakes presented by Boost Mobile, who will make the trip to New York City to participate in the action.  NBA Legends Muggsy Bogues and AC Green, and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez complete the panel.

The two-round Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest allows for each competitor to complete two dunks in Round One for which they will be awarded between six and 10 points from each of the five judges for each dunk.  Dunkers will have 45 seconds to complete each dunk.  The two players with the highest composite scores after Round One move on to Round Two, where the time limits and scoring system remain the same.  The player with the highest composite score of the possible two dunks in Round Two is crowned the 2015 Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest champion.

Each of the six competitors in the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three-Point Contest will have 60 seconds to sink up to 25 three-pointers from five shooting stations assembled around the three-point line.  Four of the stations will have four orange balls (worth one point each) and one multi-colored “money ball” worth two points, while the competition kicks into high gear as the fifth station consists of five two-point “money balls.”  Each competitor will be able to position the “money rack” in any of the five shooting stations.  The shooters will compete in two rounds of action with the top two scorers from the first round advancing to the final round and the competitor with the highest score in the final round winning the contest.

The Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest can be seen live on NBA TV during halftime of the NBA D-League All-Star Game, while the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three-Point Contest will be live on YouTube.

Tickets for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA D-League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile are available via Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com and (800) 745-3000 or the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

The full roster of participants is below.

Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three-Point Competition Contestants:

Player (Team) / Ht., Wt. / College / Birthdate
Vander Blue (Los Angeles) / 6-5, 200 / Marquette / 7-17-92
Seth Curry (Erie) / 6-1, 180 / Duke / 8-23-90
Jarell Eddie (Austin) / 6-7, 220 / Virginia Tech / 10-31-91
Shane Gibson (Idaho) / 6-2, 180 / Sacred Heart / 1-5-90
DJ Seeley (Delaware) / 6-4, 195 / Cal State Fullerton / 11-28-89
David Wear (Reno) / 6-10, 235 / UCLA / 9-21-90

Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest Contestants:

Player (Team) / Ht., Wt. / College / Birthdate
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Westchester) / 6-7, 215 / Greece / 7-17-92
Eric Griffin (Texas) / 6-8, 190 / Campbell / 5-26-90
Ra’shad James (Reno) / 6-1, 195 / Northwood / 1-26-90
Kevin Olekaibe (Canton) / 6-2, 180 / UNLV / 7-28-92
Jarvis Threatt (Rio Grande Valley) / 6-2, 165 / Delaware / 4-3-93

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