For about a decade now, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest has been less memorable than it used to be. It appears that will change dramatically in 2014.
Last season, Toronto Raptors swingman Terrence Ross took home the trophy and actually didn’t disappoint. Ross was easily the most impressive out of all the contestants, and this season he could have a whole different level of competition to try and defend his crown against.
Ross may be joined by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Already confirmed to be there is Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. Who would have thought we would have a majority All-Star cast in a dunk contest ever again?
Hearing tonight that Paul George, John Wall and Terrence Ross could all wind up joining Damian Lillard in dunk contest at All-Star Weekend
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 6, 2014
Update: It has confirmed that Ross, George, Lillard, Wall, Ben McLemore and Harrison Barnes will be in the dunk contest.
If all four of these guys are indeed there come All-Star weekend, fans will have no choice but to tune in. A group of contestants featuring high-flying dunkers like George, Wall, Ross and Lillard is sure not to disappoint the audience. I think I speak for all fans when I say we’ve had enough of the so-so dunk contests and would love to see a memorable night go down in All-Star Weekend history.
The contest, for a while now, has been all about the rising stars. After all, that’s the name of the game isn’t it? The “Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest” has attempted to attract viewers by throwing in guys some fans have never truly paid any attention to. It’s a nice gesture, really, but again, I believe it is time to give that whole idea a rest and bring in some heavy hitters.
Stay tuned, folks. If we get to see who we think we’re going to see out there, it’s not going to be something you’ll want to miss.