Reports: Dunk contest field headlined by George, Wall, Lillard


We let you know last night that Damian Lillard said he was in for the dunk contest (and maybe much more).

He’s not the only star. Multiple reports (including Yahoo, and ESPN) have given us what we expect to be the six-man dunk contest field:

Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Ben McLemore (Sacramento Kings)

The official announcement comes from TNT’s Inside the NBA at 7 ET, but you can bet on this being the six.

Some star power is back to the event — three guys from the All-Star Game are in the contest. Last year’s contest was filled with guys known for high flying dunks but not known to the casual fan and the event fell on its face for the most part. That is with all due respect to Ross, who won the event and is back to defend his crown.

George is your early favorite — he has competed in the contest before and that plus his popularity (don’t think that doesn’t factor into it) make him a tough guy to beat. Ross is a close second.

Here is a little taste of what to expect.