NBA Announces All-Star Dunk Contest & 3-Point Shootout Participants

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The night will end as Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Dennis Smith Jr. and Larry Nance Jr. compete to win the coveted Verizon Slam Dunk contest.

This will be Oladipo's second time in the featured event on All-Star Saturday.

In 2016, Aaron Gordon put on a dunk contest performance for the ages.

After narrowly losing out to Zach LaVine in an epic 2016 Slam Dunk Contest, Aaron Gordon returned previous year hoping to make up for it.

"The fact that it's in L.A. - that's really what made me want to do it: just to go back to California", Gordon said in a telephone interview Thursday night, minutes after the contest field was announced. So it's going to be a lot of fun. Robinson's injury was a key motivating factor in Oladipo's decision to participate in this year's Slam Dunk Contest.

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Leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, one of the terms you'd often hear to describe point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was "future dunk contest victor". Finley finished third at the event held in Cleveland in 1997, while Dumas failed to advance past the first round of the 1995 competition held in Phoenix.

The Indiana University product is averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game and has been the catalyst to the Pacers getting off to a surprising 29-23 start this season.

Bradley Beal, Wizards: A first-time All-Star in his sixth season, Beal is 14th in the National Basketball Association in three-pointers made (123) after finishing seventh in that category last season (223).

From gravity-defying stunts in the Slam Dunk contest to the showcase of sharp shooting prowess, the contestants in this edition of the midseason spectacle certainly draw the hype.

We've all witnessed LeBron James and his fierce dunks on everybody, as he is one of the most strong and physical players the league has ever seen despite playing as a forward rather than a center.

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