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