Could we get rematch this year?
Oliver Maroney of the Big3:
Being told that Aaron Gordon is planning to participate in this year’s dunk contest, per league sources. Gordon initially told @ChrisBHaynes about entering this season’s dunk contest last year on his podcast.
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyBIG3) January 29, 2020
Will LaVine fill it?
The Bulls guard is the highly desired choice. Everyone wants to see him and Gordon battle again. All-Star Weekend is also in Chicago, and a local competitor could add flair to the event.
Hopefully, Gordon’s dunk-contest participation pushes LaVine to compete, regardless. We all want LaVine to rise to that challenge.
A warning even I’ll have a tough time heeding: If LaVine participates, don’t let your expectations grow too high. Both players are older and probably not quite as athletic as they were a few years ago. LaVine hasn’t returned to the contest since winning. Aaron Gordon participated in 2017 and underwhelmed. The 2016 dunk contest was a special moment in time that likely won’t be recreated – even if the same stars of that event participate this year.