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2017 Dunk Contest Participants: A High-Flying Mixtape

Zach LaVine declined, so is this Aaron Gordon's year?
by John Paulo Aguilera | Feb 3, 2017
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The participants have been announced for the upcoming 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which will happen during the All-Star Weekend (February 17 to 19) in New Orleans.

Unfortunately, the highly anticipated rematch of 2016's gravity-defying final round between defending champion Zach Lavine and close runner-up Aaron Gordon will not be realized due to the former reportedly saying no to a potential three-peat. This year might not turn out to be as spectacular as the one in Toronto, but you never know...especially with Gordon returning with avengeance.

That being said, say hello to the birdmen set to take flight in the 2017 dunkfest:

DeAndre Jordan
 (Los Angeles Clippers)

It would be interesting to see how the aerial assaults of the tallest entrant (at 6'11") will fare outside a game and without Chris Paul or Blake Griffin throwing him those alley-oops. DeAndre is a main proponent of Lob City so surely he can come up with something special by himself.

Best dunk eva:

Glenn Robinson III (Indiana Pacers)

The son of 'Big Dog' has definitely got more hops than his pops. Unlike his dad, though, who was a scoring machine (20.7 PPG), the younger Robinson is still finding his niche in the league since being drafted in 2014. Winning the dunk contest is one way to turn heads.

Best dunk eva:


Derrick Jones, Jr. (Phoenix Suns)

Who? The undrafted forward has so far spent, 11 minutes with his current team (three games), and made a single basket, WHICH WASN'T EVEN A DUNK! Still, good for Jones—his college and D-League mixtapes are all over YouTube to bolster his above-the-rim cred.

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Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic)

The supernatural athlete is back to claim what is (or was) rightfully his. Gordon hopes to be the second Magic player to bring the trophy home, after Dwight 'Superman' Howard in 2008. Pray that another former Orlando superstar—Shaq—isn't judging this year.

Best dunk eva:


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