Posted February 06, 2014

Report: Blazers’ Damian Lillard to compete in Slam Dunk Contest

2014 All-Star Weekend, Ben Golliver, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard will reportedly compete in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Damian Lillard will reportedly compete in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Blazers guard Damian Lillard will reportedly compete in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest.

CSNNW.com reports that Lillard, who was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve last week and will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge, has accepted a Dunk Contest invitation from the league.

Lillard, 23, is averaging 20.7 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in his second NBA season. He will be the first member of the Blazers to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest since Rudy Fernandez in 2009.

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The rest of the Slam Dunk Contest field is still unknown. Yahoo Sports reports that Wizards guard John Wall is “seriously considering” competing, while ESPN.com reports that Raptors guard Terrence Ross, the defending champion, and Pacers forward Paul George could also participate.

Although the 6-foot-3 Lillard isn’t a volume dunker — NBA.com’s stats site has him down for just eight dunks this season — he does make his slams count. Here are a few of his best from his 2013-14 campaign.

The rest of the Slam Dunk Contest field, as well as the other participants for all of the All-Star Saturday events, will be officially announced on Thursday. The Slam Dunk Contest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, in New Orleans.

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2 comments
loaded_question
loaded_question

Is it really a contest anymore for a 6'10" guy to dunk? How 'bout the NBA putting the basket up a foot or two for all their games? 

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

@loaded_question  A ten foot net is standard for the game of basketball everywhere on the planet.  If you do this you affect the college, high school and international game.   Huge ramifications just to see less dunks.