For years, the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest was the All-Star Weekend attraction. It was the event that everybody looked forward to – the event where a superstar’s light could shine even brighter than normal.
But then the NBA changed the rules to only allow younger talent in the contest and the dunks became repetitive, especially when players were given five, ten or even fifteen attempts to replicate the dunk the missed the previous fourteen times.
Barnes isn’t a huge in-game dunker and is by no means flashy, but he’s been known to throw down some incredibly impressive slams during practice and warmups, so he could make a solid participant if allowed.
The second year forward is expected to come off the bench behind Andre Iguodala this year, though should still play heavy minutes.