Will Zion Williamson compete in the dunk contest?

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

Pelicans star Zion Williamson would be a huge draw for the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2021. Will the All-Star forward take part in it?

The 2021 edition of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is on the horizon and one of the league’s brightest young big men is an obvious choice to participate.

Will Zion Williamson join in the fun?

The answer is a definite maybe.

In the words of Lloyd Christmas, “You’re telling me there’s a chance!”

Who wouldn’t want to see Williamson in the dunk contest? He ranks ninth in the NBA in dunks this year. Even his missed dunks are so powerful they turn into highlights.

Zion Williamson would be the biggest Slam Dunk Contest contestant in years

Undoubtedly the NBA is crossing fingers in hopes of Williamson saying yes. He’d be a marquee name for an event that has struggled to include the game’s biggest stars.

On the other hand, some Pelicans fans might not feel the same way considering the risks.

Sure, Williamson dunking would be incredibly entertaining. It would also be a physical strain on a forward with injury concerns always looming.

Does the player want to risk the possibility of hurting himself during an ultimately meaningless competition?

Williamson should do whatever he’s comfortable with. He puts his body on the line each night he steps onto the court. That may spur him on to go all-in on the dunk contest, knowing the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were former winners. Or it could convince him it’s not worth another risk.

Last year’s winner of the dunk contest was Derrick Jones Jr. from Chicago. This year’s event will be held at halftime of the All-Star Game on Mar. 7, so Williamson’s decision will have to come soon.

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