Before the NBA's best go head-to-head on Sunday night in Houston, some of the Association's top high-flyers will take center stage on All-Star Weekend.
As usual, All-Star Saturday will conclude with the much-anticipated Slam Dunk Contest, which will feature six competitors in 2013; three from each conference. Representing the East are Indiana's Gerald Green, New York's James White and Toronto's Terrence Ross. From the West, Denver's Kenneth Faried, the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Bledsoe and Utah's defending slam dunk champion, Jeremy Evans.
The winner remains a mystery, but the must-watch competitors are indisputable.
Here are the dunk specialists NBA fans won't want to miss on Saturday night.
New York Knicks shooting guard James White doesn't see a whole lot of playing time, but he is sure to shine on Saturday night when he takes the court in the Slam Dunk Contest.
At 6'7", White doesn't have to rely solely on his hops to get above the rim, and boasts the height to pull off the perfect slam from anywhere on the court.
Expect the 30-year-old White to approach Saturday's competition seriously, looking to set the bar high from his opening jam.
The Washington, DC native is as explosive as any athlete on the planet, and will have a vast arsenal dunks to choose from in Houston this weekend. If you doubt it just watch the above video. This guy can dunk from the free-throw line with ease.
Seldom-used Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans stole the show at last year's Slam Dunk Contest, showing some creativity and ability with a handful of entertaining dunks.
At 6'9", Evans is the tallest competitor in this event, meaning he'll have a distinct advantage over the rest of the field. His height and length will allow him to pull off more creative dunks, but will also count against him if he's unable to put away the simple ones.
But after witnessing what Evans is capable of in 2012, fans are going to want to tune in to see what he has in store for an encore in 2013.
Maybe he'll jump over two Kevin Harts.
Kenneth Faried is one of the most aggressive and powerful players in the NBA today, which means you won't want to miss him during Saturday night's Slam Dunk Contest.
The second-year Denver Nuggets forward is built like a football player, but gets off the floor with ease, making him a unique addition to this year's contest. Although Faried isn't likely to pull off an incredibly athletic dunk (for example, White's free-throw line jam), he should instead play to his strengths, opting to utilize his power.
If Faried can come up with a creative way to throw down a two-handed jam, for instance, there's no reason he shouldn't be able to walk away with the title.
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