Donovan Mitchell to replace Aaron Gordon in dunk contest

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UPDATE #2: The league has confirmed it, Donovan Mitchell will replace Aaron Gordon in the dunk contest.

UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

No surprise and well-deserved.


The NBA assembled a strong field for the dunk contest:

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Gordon was the most accomplished competitor slated for this year’s dunk contest. He went toe-to-toe with Zach LaVine in a great dunk contest a couple years ago, though Gordon fizzled as favorite last year. Unfortunately for him, he won’t get redemption this year.

Next up? Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is the people’s pick and probably the most likely actual selection. The high-flying guard is turning heads in a hurry.

The Magic, intentionally or not, are in tank mode at this point. Gordon missing a couple more games will barely cause a ripple on the court, though this could affect his trade stock ahead of Thursday’s deadline.