Defending dunk champ wants Victor Oladipo in contest

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The participants in the All-Star Weekend taking place in New Orleans from February 14 until February 16 are being revealed in the next few weeks. TNT and the NBA announced the starters last night, the reserves will be announced next Thursday. The following week, Feb. 6, Chris Webber and Grant Hill will draft the players for the Rising Stars Challenge and the Saturday night skills competition participants come after that.

It is safe to assume at this point that the Magic will have at least Victor Oladipo representing the team in the Rising Stars Game on Friday night.

Oladipo has expressed some interest in participating in the slam dunk contest, the hallmark event of NBA Saturday night. He said if his veterans would allow him to do it, he would be happy to do it. Whether that happens will come in a matter of weeks.

Last year's slam dunk champion, the Raptors' Terrence Ross, would not mind seeing Oladipo participate.

Ross told Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun whom he would like to see in the Slam Dunk contest. He might have been rattling off the first names that came to his mind. Oladipo's was one:

Specifically though, the first name that Ross came up with in terms of guys he would like to see challenge him was Detroit’s Tony Mitchell. [. . .] Ross also named Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo as guys he would like to see before running out of ideas.

Ross won last year's dunk contest with numerous 360 and 180 dunks. The guy can really fly. He would provide a stiff challenge for Oladipo to climb.

There has been some talk about the dunk contest with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan considering entering, depending on his All-Star status, and Paul George and Dwight Howard officially ruling themselves out.

Likely, the dunk contest will once again be young, up-and-coming players hoping to make a name for themselves by displaying their athleticism and dunking abilities.

Oladipo certainly fits that bill. It will be interesting to see who gets selected.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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