After having Roy Hibbert join this year’s NBA All-Star game, another Indiana Pacer will now be part of All-Star Weekend, as Paul George was selected as one of the contestants for the Slam Dunk competition.
None of the dunkers from last year will be returning, most notably Blake Griffin, Javale McGee, and DeMar DeRozan. This year will have a complete new class of dunkers, with George joining Derrick Williams, Iman Shumpert, and Chase Budinger. Honestly, this class looks pretty disappointing, as there isn’t guys like from last year. Many outlets are already calling this class lackluster with how young it is as well.
But I guess it also increases the chance of George winning. He has my vote because after looking all these guys participating, PG looks like he has a nice advantage with his size and speed. George will also take part in the Rising Stars game, too.
The contest will be different this year, however. There will be no judges, which eliminates one round. Each player has three dunks and the voting will be through NBA.com, Twitter, and texts. I guess we’ll see who wins, but it looks like to me that it comes down to George and Shumpert.
Here’s NBA.com’s take on George to preview the upcoming event.