I don't know about you, but it adds a little something when one of my fantasy players takes part in All-Star Weekend. It's usually difficult to have more than one or two in the All-Star game itself, but with additions over the years of the Future's game and individual competition, its pretty hard not to have someone, competing somewhere.
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I am old enough to have watched every NBA Slam Dunk competition and have to admit its nothing like the old days. The battles between Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan were special.
Anyhow, on to this year's competitors. And yes, I am wondering too, why only four contestants?
Iman Shumpert- NEW YORK- Rookie guard who has been overwhelmed by the recent play of Jeremy Lin. We all remember Shumpert's dunking prowess at Georgia Tech, I imagine that is what landed him an invitation.
Derrick Williams MINNESOTA- Dude has raw power and will be hard to beat. I expected more from him on the court, but he is only 20 years old. I wonder if Ricky Rubio will be around to lend a hand.
Chase Budinger HOUSTON- Pretty surprising choice here. I guess anyone who was an All-American volleyball player in the Pac-12 gets a pass. Easily the biggest long shot to take the crown.
Paul George INDIANA- The sleeper of the competition. He has had some showtime slams this season, but just like his play on the court, doesn't get much recognition.
Obviously, disappointment is shared by all that Blake Griffin will not be defending his title.
With Lin helping out Shumpert, I have him as the favorite and personally would like to see them win.
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