SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell has already confirmed that he’s a no-go to defend his Slam Dunk title this year.
However, the Utah Jazz guard will participate in the MTN Dew Ice Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 15, at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.
The league announced Mitchell as one of the participants for Team USA during Tuesday’s revealing of the rosters on TNT.
Mitchell will team with Jarrett Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball, John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum and Trae Young on Team USA.
Team World will consist of OG Anunoby, DeAndre Ayton, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rodions Kurucs, Lauri Markkanen, Josh Okogie, Cedi Osman and Ben Simmons.
Boston's Kyrie Irving and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki will serve as honorary coaches for the game.
In addition to capturing the Slam Dunk championship last year during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles as a rookie, Mitchell also participated in the Rising Stars Challenge on the U.S. Team roster.
Mitchell’s U.S. Team fell to the World Team, 155-124, as he posted seven points, seven assists, five steals and two blocks in 23 minutes. The Rising Stars Challenge is a duel between the league’s top first and second-year talents selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches.
Following Tuesday's practice, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said he could care less about Mitchell’s decision to participate in All-Star Weekend as long as he continues to help the team rack up victories.Comment on this story
“To be honest with you, my focus with Donovan is the things that we’re doing in competition in the regular season,” Snyder said. “I know the dunk competition is a competition, but the fact that he’s feeling like that was great last year, but this year he wants to focus on something else, that tells you where his mindset is and I think that’s something.
“If he was in it, I think we’d all be excited and watch it, but if he’s not in it, I don’t know if it’s that exciting to me, but it’s a neat event,” he continued. “We’re focused on us and getting better, and All-Star break is a time to recharge, and however we do that, that’s what we want to do.”