After last season’s scintillating Slam-Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend — one that many thought was among the best in the history of the event — fans looked forward to a reprise. After Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine triumphed over Magic forward Aaron Gordon in an exciting final, the contest looked to be revived for years to come.
That optimism is taking a hit, as LaVine reportedly will not participate in this year’s contest, according to a report by Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto. While the field for the dunk contest hasn’t been announced officially, not having LaVine leaves a void for this year’s All-Star weekend, on Feb. 18 in New Orleans.
Gordon likely will be back to try to earn his first dunk championship, but some names are being bandied about for the rest of the field. An interesting one is former Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III, who is in his third NBA season and second with the Indiana Pacers.
Adrian Wojnarowski of TheVertical.com reports that Robinson not only has been invited, but will participate in the dunk contest. Robinson is well known for his aerial achievements in his two years at Michigan, including a 360-degree dunk at Minnesota during his freshman season .
Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that along with Gordon, Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones has been invited but still is mulling whether to participate.