A Greek freak, a high-flying rookie, a magical sophomore and seven-footer will vie for the title of NBA's best dunker.
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota's Zach LaVine, Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee will be this year's contestants in the All-Star weekend Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced Tuesday night.
Antetokounmpo is the headliner here, with his long arms and freakish athleticism making him a walking highlight reel for the Bucks. His youth should add some creativity to the weekend's marquee event.
LaVine is no slouch. The Timberwolves rookie makes up in flair what he lacks in intimidating stature. The 6-foot-6 guard out of UCLA has been known for his dunking prowess since college, so his slam dunk nod is no surprise.
Oladipo is even shorter than LaVine, but has earned a reputation as a powerful dunker. In college and at the pro level, Oladipo has not been afraid to cock the ball back and throw down some ferocious tomahawks. He burst onto the dunk scene this year with this slam in the grill of LeBron:
And speaking of LeBron, he's played against our last dunker, the Nets' Mason Plumlee. Plumlee is the hometown representative for this year's contest. A seven-footer isn't always the most popular choice, but Plumlee has proven himself to be more than capable.