2014 NBA All-Star Weekend: Paul George to Make Return to Dunk Contest

By Cody Williams
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Paul George had one of the best dunks in the dunk contest during the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend, throwing down a 360-windmill. However, the Indiana Pacers forward performed the dunk in the dark to try and add some theatrics, but the move backfired and many people couldn’t fully see and appreciate his monster jam.

George will get a chance at redemption and the dunk contest crown in 2014, though. According to a report from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, George has accepted the invitation to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend this year, adding his name to what is looking like a star-studded list as of right now.

George joins guards Damian Lillard and John Wall as the reported participants for the dunk contest. One can also assume that Toronto Raptors second-year wing Terrence Ross will also be competing in an effort to defend his 2013 Slam Dunk Contest crown.

The addition of George, as well as Lillard and Wall, is huge for the contest. Not only does that mean that the fans will get to see some of the most explosive players in the league highlight their creativity and athleticism, but having big names in the contest is exactly what people have been calling for recently. No offense to Jeremy Evans, but having young stars in this league compete is much more valuable to the league in terms of entertainment.

The dunk contest is arguably the most storied event at NBA All-Star Weekend, but has seen its reputation take a hit in recent years. Though the contest hasn’t taken place yet this year, the list of participants already seems to have started restoring the contest’s reputation.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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