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2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Preview: The four players competing during NBA All-Star Weekend

By in Press Enterprise on February 13, 2018

By James H. Williams

Four players will compete in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Staples Center.

You can vote for the player that you think will win the dunk contest down below.

The participants:

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, Guard

Mitchell was not an original participant for the dunk contest but was added in as a replacement for Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic. Mitchell leads all rookies in scoring with 19.5 points per game. He will also compete for the U.S. Team in the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game during All-Star Weekend.

Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers, Forward

Nance will be a familiar face for the Los Angeles crowd after spending his entire career with the Lakers until he was traded before the deadline this season to Cleveland. Nance Jr. could have the edge in this event with his father on his side. Nance Sr. won the dunk contest in 1984 and was a member of the Cavaliers from 1988-1994.

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers, Guard

Oladipo competed in the dunk contest in 2015 but finished second to Zach LaVine. He is hoping that experience will work in his favor this year. If it does, it will make him the second consecutive player from the Pacers to win the event. Glenn Robinson III of the Pacers won the event last year.

Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks, Guard

Smith has put together a solid rookie performance in the first half of the season. He averaged 14.8 points per game, which is fifth among rookies. He is also third among rookies with 243 total assists. Smith will team up with Mitchell on the U.S. Team for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game.

    

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