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Terrence Ross: Raptors Star Will Crush NBA Dunk Contest in Style

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 28:  Terrence Ross #31 of the Toronto Raptors drives the ball around Ryan Anderson #33 of the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on December 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 16, 2013

When the 2013 NBA Dunk Contest kicks off in Houston this Saturday night, expect Raptors star Terrence Ross to be the man walking away with the title.

Ross has an incredible vertical leap and has shown throughout the season already that he can certainly fly high and slam it down—even without getting the playing time or exposure that some of the other guys in the Dunk Contest have had this year.

Jeremy Evans, Gerald Green, James White—all have claims to be the favorite for the title this year, but in 2013, they simply won't be able to match Ross.

Truth be told, the rookie forward is perhaps even lucky to be in the final six of the competition, with a Twitter campaign by the Raptors the only reason he's even competing in the final (per CNBC.com). Fans had caught on to his raw dunking ability early in the season and pestered the Raptors to get on board with the campaign—something that the franchise did wholeheartedly. Ross got all the way to the final as a result of their persistence.

Oh, and because of Ross' freakish dunking skills.

NBA.com reports that Ross has a vertical leap of 37.5 inches, and given his long arms as well, you'd have to say he's certainly capable of taking flight here.

The biggest question will be whether he has the creativity and poise to beat out guys like White, Green or Evans in 2013, but considering the creativity he's had just to make it into the final six in the league, he'll no doubt be capable of pulling something special out in Houston.

Ross will crush the Dunk Contest with some freakish athleticism, and will establish his name as one of the hottest young stars in the game as a result.

He's proven throughout the year that he can certainly slam it down hard; now the rest of the world gets their chance to see it for themselves this weekend.

As they say, #LetRossDunk. There's no doubt he'll do the rest.

 

 

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