Zach LaVine to defend Dunk Contest title against Will Barton, Andre Drummond, Aaron Gordon


With All-Star Weekend just over a week away, the NBA has firmed up the participants in the various events. Last year, an otherwise forgettable dunk contest was saved by Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine and his Space Jam jersey.

LaVine will defend his title in Toronto. The NBA announced that his competition will be Nuggets guard Will Barton, Magic forward Aaron Gordon and Pistons center Andre Drummond.

On paper, it’s a pretty solid field. LaVine is the favorite, but Gordon in particular could get the upset:

Barton has had a breakout season for the Nuggets, which has included some impressive dunks:

Big men have mixed track records in dunk contests, but Drummond certainly has the athleticism to be able to do something cool.

The dunk contest will air at 7:30pm EST on TNT on February 13.