The 2018 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk entails three-point shooting and skills challenge.
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has been selected to participate in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend as a replacement for Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, who withdrew with a hip injury Monday.
Jeremy Evans was the only other Jazzman to win the National Basketball Association dunk contest in 2012. "I feel OK and fine, but not healthy enough to play". There is a long, storied history of big men performances in the dunk contest - and nearly all of them are less-than-optimal viewing for the basketball-loving public. Gordon has scored at least 40 points in a game twice this season - the first Magic player to do so since Dwight Howard in the 2010-11 season. The Blazers would likely have to offer a robust package of young talent, draft picks and/or expiring contracts to get him. I've been googling YouTube and watching old dunk contests.
With those two exceptions in mind, big men have been historically disappointing in dunk contests.
Those Boston Celtics observers who would like to see Jaylen Brown in the NBA All-Star slam dunk contest were given a brief moment of hope this afternoon.
Gordon, a native of San Jose, Calif., wanted to compete in this year's dunk contest because it was being held in his home state and he said last week that it would be his final time appearing in the event.
That dunk battle was arguably best of all time.