The Slam Dunk contest is one of the highlights of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. The event will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 18. The participants have not been announced but Zach LaVine is certainly looking to make history as the first player to win the Slam Dunk contest in three straight years.
LaVine and Aaron Gordon put the Slam Dunk contest back on the map with their amazing duel last year. Are there other stars who could make an impact this year? Here is SportsRageous’ list of the four players who could challenge Zach LaVine in the 2017 Slam Dunk contest.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic forward might have had the greatest first runner-up finish in Slam Dunk contest history last year. He is already dunking on people during the regular season and he is considered a lock to get invited this year, per the official website of the 2017 All-Star Game.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Many NBA fans are calling for Andrew Wiggins to compete in the Slam Dunk contest against his teammate. He has been posterizing people this season and he has a legitimate shot at knocking off Zach LaVine. However, he told ESPN last year that he is retired from participating dunk contests.
“My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald’s All-American Game, so I really don’t do dunks anymore. I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don’t really do it anymore,” Wiggins said.
Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers
Dunking is in the blood of Larry Nance Jr. since his father is a former Slam Dunk champion. He certainly got the hops like his dad and David West knows all about it. In a recent interview, he expressed his desire to enter in this year’s Slam Dunk contest as long as he stays healthy.
“It would be very cool (to join). It would be a cool story and everybody would love it. If and when the time comes, I will be ready,” Nance said via ESPN.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
The Celtics want their rookie, Jaylen Brown, to join the Slam Dunk contest this year. Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green have already started a campaign. However, Brown is unsure about entering but he told ESPN that his teammates already have some dunk ideas for him.
“I don’t know, man. I haven’t really thought about it. Thomas is putting a little bit pressure on me. Green wants me to do it, too. He said he’s got some ideas for me. We got some time. We’ll think about it, I guess,” Brown said.
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