5 Reasons Why Paul George Should Participate in 2014 Slam Dunk Contest

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Paul George: 5 Reasons to Participate in 2014 Slam Dunk Contest

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NBA All-Star Weekend is just around the corner and it has fans excited for the festivities. This weekend is a time where everyone can enjoy and appreciate the game of basketball. The first All-Star Game was played in 1951, but it wasn't until 1984 that the NBA hosted its first Slam Dunk Contest. The contest did not have fans to vote the winner until 2008. /p>

The Slam Dunk Contest used to be a spectacular event that was jaw-dropping and filled with the best ballers in the league at that time. A lot of credit can be given to Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins for taking the Slam Dunk Contest to new heights. The most familiar slam dunk champions, other than Jordan and Wilkins, are Nate Robinson, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Jason Richardson and Dwight Howard.

In recent years, it seems like the dunk contest has lost a lot of its glory. Fans, commentators and critics have all claimed that the contest has gotten too easy, misses superstars and is not as entertaining as it once was. Regardless of what people think or say, the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is always interesting and entertaining. What would make the contest better this year? Indiana Pacers Paul George entering the contest, of course.

George entered the contest in 2012 but lost to Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz. Here is a look at the reasons why Paul George should enter the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

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5. He Is An Unbelievable Dunker

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Hands down, Paul George is one of the most entertaining slam dunkers in the league. He hits the lane with such explosiveness that provides him with the ability to get air and throw down monster slam dunks in traffic. One of George's most ferocious dunks was when he posterized Chris Andersen aka Birdman for the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

George has also been showing off amazing dunks this season. In the Indiana Pacers' recent blowout win against the Los Angeles Clippers, he went on a fast break and threw down a 360-windmill that would of scored a perfect score in the dunk contest.

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4. Redeem His 2012 Loss

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It was very surprising to see Jeremy Evans come out as winner of the 2012 Sprite Dunk Contest. It was a contest where George's dunk obviously appeared better, but for some reason the fans voted for Evans. George dunked over Roy Hibbert and Evans dunked over Kevin Hart. The fact that Paul lost was very upsetting.

It has been rumored that George has not responded on interest in this year's contest. He told media, “(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke. I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people.” George apparently complained saying there should be five judges and it lacks star power. It's okay, though; these were comments after an unfair loss, but Paul George was not a household name during the 2011-12 season and that could have hurt him in receiving fan votes

George needs to enter the 2014 contest to win it. Now that he is much more familiar among fans than he was then, George could be a lock from fan votes. Plus, I'm also sure he will throw down some spectacular slam dunks.

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3. Give The Fans What They Want

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Paul George is now a household name and loved by all fans in the NBA. He is known as one of the few defenders who can match and shut down LeBron James of the Miami Heat. Last year he was not even on the leaderboard for votes, meaning he drew less than 63,000. This season he was second overall in votes for the All-Star team in the Eastern Conference. George had a little over than 1.2 million votes. The only other players in the NBA with more votes were James and Kevin Durant.

Paul has obviously become one of the fan favorites and he is only 23-years-old. James is 29 and Durant is 25. This is perfect timing for him to enter the dunk contest again. The fans love him and he will put on a great show.

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2. George Can Alter The State Of Slam Dunk Contest

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The 2011 Slam Dunk Contest was won by Blake Griffin, but the past two dunk contests have been missing their "star power." By Paul George entering , he could change the way the contest is viewed today. He is the star who can change the dunk contest this year and hopefully catch the eyes of other great superstar dunkers to give them the urge to showcase their skills in this contest. George not entering the dunk contest while he is playing at this level is madness. With his entrance he could drastically change the quality of the Slam Dunk Contest this year and for the future.

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1. Brings Difference To The LeBron James Comparisons

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As Paul George has become one of the league's most dominant players, he has been developing comparisons to LeBron James. The Indiana Pacers are intense rivals of the Miami Heat, making George and James rivals as well. If the Pacers and George beat the Heat and James in the playoffs this year, even more questions of "is George better than James?" will come along.

We all know that LeBron said he would enter the event once but still has yet to ever be in the dunk contest. George entered the contest as a no name and lost because fans were not excited by someone they hardly knew. Today, he is known more by fans and is a much better player. Winning the dunk contest would add more fuel to the George and James comparisons. Let's see if George can do something James hasn't and one day possibly dethrone the King.

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