The NBA All-Star weekend is almost here which means we’re getting closer and closer to another Slam Dunk Contest. In recent years, the spectacle has hardly been anything impressive and this year could change that with a return of marquee names to the score sheet.
While showcasing young players like Kenneth Faried puts them in the spotlight for fans to get to know the future of the NBA, putting established stars in the dunk contest is the best way to improve the event itself and Marc Stein from ESPN is hearing that three huge names could all be signing up for the contest this year.
Hearing tonight that Paul George, John Wall and Terrence Ross could all wind up joining Damian Lillard in dunk contest at All-Star Weekend
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 6, 2014
Paul George and John Wall have already started to stray from committing to the contest, but this bit of news is encouraging to fans who want to see the dunk contest be entertaining again.
Slam dunks are a huge part of the appeal that the NBA has, and to showcase the best of the best dunking it out against each other is a plan that should have been put back in place long ago. Ask fans to watch Kenneth Faried take on Derrick Williams and a few people watch, but ask someone to watch Damien Lillard, John Wall and Paul George go head-to-head and every basketball fan drops what they’re doing to see that.