DeAndre Jordan says NBA invited him to participate in dunk contest

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We know two participants in this year’s dunk contest:

Also reportedly invited:

Either the NBA is expanding the field from four or one of those two declined, because DeAndre Jordan is also claiming an invite.

Dan Woikie of The Orange County Register:

Jordan is a fantastic in-game dunker due to his ability to position himself for dunk opportunities and elevate quickly. His best slams involve dunking on somebody.

Those skills are less important in the dunk contest, where there are no defenders to escape or jump over. Jordan can leap over props, including people, but they won’t be trying to stop him — which means, to win, Jordan would need to show creativity we haven’t seen from him before.

Simply, most of the reasons centers tend to fare poorly in the dunk contest apply to Jordan.

Still, as potentially the only All-Star in the event, he’d bring star power and athleticism. Given his great in-game dunking, I’d like to see him at least try. I mean, just watch this: