James White created something of a legend for himself in college and has been a regular on various dunk circuits during his up-and-down professional career.
Add in explosive L.A. Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe and perhaps the NBA's best-kept dunking secret in Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross, and it looks like fans are going to be in for one of the best contests in years.
Consider this your primer, because we've compiled the best dunks from each of these players this season. And don't worry, there'll be plenty of other goodies from years past thrown in, too.
James White's steal and slam against the New Orleans Hornets from earlier this year isn't the best example of his dunking prowess, but we can still see that the 30-year-old has some lift.
The pickings were slim for White this year, largely because he plays under nine minutes per game for the New York Knicks. If we drew from his illustrious dunk contest career, though, we would be here watching clips for hours.
White's legend started in the NCAA dunk contest way back in 2006, when he turned in a performance that had everybody wondering whether the rims were regulation height. He soared from all angles, displaying a 42" vertical that made a two-handed flush and a windmill from the foul line look easy.
"Flight" was born. But there will always be doubters:
I understand the legend of James White. But David Lee once beat him in a dunk contest.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) February 7, 2013
It's hard to know if he's still got enough in his legs to pull off his patented between-the-legs slam from the free-throw line anymore, but here's hoping he'll try in this year's contest.
Kenneth Faried is known as the "Manimal" because of his relentless effort on the boards, but some of his dunks are just as inhuman.
He's a quick, explosive leaper who does the majority of his dunking off his teammates' misses. But occasionally, Faried gets a clear path to the hole. When that happens, look out.
This guy craves contact, so maybe he'll need a few defenders trying to foul him to really reach his potential in this year's dunk contest.
Maybe he should bring Andre Miller along, too. Everybody needs a good setup artist.
To find Jeremy Evans' best dunk this year, you've got to go back to the preseason.
But it's totally worth it.
Against the L.A. Clippers last October, Evans used his ridiculous wingspan to deliver a nasty one-two punch to Clips forward Ronny Turiaf, swatting away a jump shot and then cramming in a vicious in-your-face slam on the ensuing break.
Evans doesn't see a lot of floor time, so if his dunk routine in this year's contest surpasses the six-minute mark, he'll exceed his nightly average. Don't let the long stretches he logs on the bench fool you, though.
This guy can fly.
The lanky big man won the whole thing last year by doubling down, powering home two basketballs at once.
Terrence Ross will have no problem putting down multiple dunks in this year's contest.
Some guys suffer from fatigue as the exhibition wears on, but based on Ross' performance against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 27, we know he has plenty of stamina to go the distance.
The Toronto Raptors rookie can get the job done off one foot or two, and has given fans a wide variety of dunks in just over half of a season. Versatility will help him, but Ross might be fighting an uphill battle this year. If he wins, he'll have to come out of nowhere to do it.
Good thing Ross has proven that he can do that.
Seemingly born in a lab and engineered to dunk, Gerald Green has the perfect combination of huge hands, springy legs and long arms. Throw in his unparalleled creativity (cupcakes, anyone?) and it's clear that Green is an ideal dunk contest participant.
Maybe this year, he'll put a whole cake on the rim. With the way his hops have looked this season, he'll have time to cut it and hand out slices before he comes down.
All of the other competitors had better watch out this year. Eric Bledsoe might just chase them down and smack their feeble attempts off the backboard.
That's legal, right?
It's also important to note that hitting the deck apparently gives Bledsoe special powers, as he pounded home one of the season's best dunks after going down in a heap on his earlier block.
This guy has the advantage of being the shortest competitor in the contest, which judges and fans always like. Size aside, the L.A. Clippers' backup point guard can fly.
He's going to do some serious damage this year.