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NBA Slam Dunk Contest participants revealed


The All-Star weekend is right around the corner, and participants for all the festivities are slowly being revealed day by day. One of the most anticipated events, like always, is going to be the Dunk Contest. Even though fans bash the contest almost every year and criticize how bad it is, we keep tuning in, expecting to see something special. Well, this year's participants have been revealed, and it will be a cast of some flashy and young high flyers.

Jalen Green headlines the contestants

According to one of the most prominent NBA insiders, Shams Charania of The Athletic, these will be the four participants of the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest in Cleveland:

"Multiple sources tell me the NBA's expected participants for the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest are Rockets rookie Jalen Green, Magic guard Cole Anthony, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, and for the second consecutive year Knicks forward Obi Toppin."

Sources: Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green will headline the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. Expected participants:

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 1, 2022

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What can we expect?

Obviously, we don't have any big names or stars trying out their dunking skills, but that doesn't mean these four guys won't deliver. These are young, hungry, and motivated players that have shown incredible athleticism in their short careers.

The #2 pick Jalen Green is probably the biggest name in the bunch. The flashy guard has had an up and down season, but he has been oozing fans with his jumping ability. Some of these highlights are just ridiculous.

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Obi Toppin put on a solid performance in last year's contest, losing out on the crown to Anfernee Simons. But this year, he is looking for redemption. The 6'9'' forward is one of the favorites, proven by the fact he even gave us two in-game between the legs dunks this season so far.

Cole Anthony is probably the best player out of the bunch, averaging some solid numbers with the Magic, but the charismatic point guard hasn't been known for his dunking ability. However, these highlights from his high school dunk contest can give us some hope.

And to cap off the lineup, the biggest surprise may be the Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson. JTA is a small part of the great Warriors rotation, known for his versatility. Still, he gave us one of the best poster dunks of the season, so he could have something up his sleeve.

When you talk about some names that we wished we could have seen, the first one that comes up is Ja Morant. One of the flashiest players in the league would be perfect for the Dunk Contest with his star power and athletic ability, but Ja has already stated on numerous occasions he isn't interested in participating unless the NBA cashes out, of course.

Well, although many fans are skeptical about how good this year's Dunk Contest will be, I will choose the optimistic side and hope these youngsters can bring us something new and amazing. If I had to pick one guy to win, I'm going with Jalen Green. Saturday, February 19th. We will be watching. Hopefully, we get our money's worth.

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