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2023 NBA All-Star Predictions: Slamdunk Contest Candidates

Apart from the prestigious All-Star Game where 24 best players will play an exhibition, fans are also keen on the Slamdunk Contest participants. 

Unfortunately, since the infamous 2015 and 2016 Slam Dunk Contest, including the duel between Zach Lavine and Aaron Gordon, and the NBA World still have not been lucky enough to witness another great dunk contest that could shake up the NBA a bit. However, a good thing is coming this NBA Allstar 2023 as according to various sources that the potential lineup for the upcoming All-Star Game Dunk Contest will be loaded. 

Here, we will give you our potential lineup for the All-Star Dunk Contest.

Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)

Vertical Leap: 45 inches

The 2019 No.1 Overall Pick missed the 2020, 2021, and then 2022 Slam Dunk contest mostly due to injury. However, he is actually eager to join in a Slam Dunk contest and when asked about it last year, he simply said that he was “still thinking about it”. With that, there is a huge possibility that Zion Williamson will finally participate in the contest, depending on his status or his injury. He was a Dunk Contest winner way back in High School.

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)

Vertical Leap: 48 inches

The 2019-2020 Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant must participate in the Dunk contest, to prove and solidify himself that he is one of the best dunkers in the league. A year ago, he even jokingly posted on social media that he would want $1 million to participate in the contest. The 2020 ROY then elaborated that the in-game dunks is the new trend, and slam dunk contests are quite boring. But still, Ja Morant participating in this tournament will boost more pressure and create more hype and excitement.

Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magics)

Vertical Leap: 39 inches

Joining and participating in this year’s Slam Dunk contest and to redeem himself from all the defeats and frustrations from the previous contests, including the 2016 and 2017 where he must be the winner of those two editions. Joining this 2023 Slam Dunk contest will give him an edge and at the pedestal to finally take home the trophy beating everyone, even Zion or Ja due to his versatile experience as an NBA Dunker. 

Jalen Green (Houston Rockets)

Vertical Leap: 40 – 45 inches

The Filipino-American Phenom is having the best career of his second year in the NBA. He joined the Slam Dunk Contest 2022 but failed to advance to the knockout stage, where Obi Toppin of New York Knicks took home the trophy. He must join this year and try to retrieve his insane package of dunks way back when he was in his High School in order to clean his name as one of the best young dunkers in the NBA. By participating in the tournament he will not only practice his insane dunks, but he will have the chance to compete and show his Alpha Dog mentality in Basketball. At 6’5, he had a higher chance to clinch the title out of the three and he will be the second youngest to win the NBA Dunk Contest behind Kobe Bryant in 1997.

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