Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Williams, Owens selected for D-League challenges

Will post more soon as we head into the All-Star break, but here's some news on two of Tulsa's All-Star participants...

Tulsa 66ers forward Latavious Williams has been selected to participate in the slam dunk competition and forward Larry Owens has been chosen for the NBA D-League Haier Shooting Stars Competition during the NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier on February 18. The competitions will begin at 10:00 p.m. CT at Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Adidas inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Williams and three other participants will attempt to complete two dunks in Round 1, with five judges each awarding between six and 10 points for every made dunk. The two players with the highest composite scores after Round 1 move on to Round 2, and the player with the highest composite score of the possible two dunks in Round 2 wins.

Returning for its second year is the Haier NBA D-League Shooting Stars competition, which features 12 NBA D-League stars competing in four teams of three in a two-round timed shooting event. The contest features six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time.

Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the champion.