NEW YORK -- Some of the greatest names to have once worn Houston Rockets jerseys will be judging this year s slam dunk contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

The NBA announced Friday that five Houston Rockets legends: Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk.

The 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk will feature six dunkers competing in a two-round competition. The Eastern Conference will compete against the Western Conference.

The West features 2012 champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz along with the Los Angeles Clippers Eric Bledsoe and the Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried. Dunkers for the East include the Indiana Pacers Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors Terrence Ross, and New York Knicks James White.

The former players will score all of the dunks in the first round (the Team Round) of the event.

The highest scoring East competitor and the highest scoring West competitor from the Team Round will compete head-to-head to determine the champion.

Fan voting will open at the beginning of the Championship Round and the player with the highest percentage of combined votes from all platforms will be champion. (Complete rules for the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night attached).

This year fans will be able to cast votes for the champion in one of four ways:

  • SMS Text Message - Text the player s last name to 38657 (DUNKS)
  • Twitter - Tweet #SpriteSlam with the player s last name
  • Vote via the official NBA All-Star App (Available on iTunes, Google Play and here)
  • Log on to from any computer or mobile device.

The 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk airs Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on TNT. The NBA All-Star Game will air Sunday at 7 p.m. CT on TNT.

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