Full Predictions for 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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Full Predictions for 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is always the most hyped event leading up to NBA All-Star weekend, and 2014’s edition will be no different.

The field of contestants includes defending champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings.

The lineup is dominated by guards and completely devoid of big men like Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried and Serge Ibaka (who have competed in years past). If nothing else, the field this time around will have to show off impressive vertical leaps in order to throw down creative dunks nobody has seen before.

Perhaps the most intriguing subplot of this year’s contest, though, is its new format. It has the chance to boom or bust, but at least the competitors have the skills to keep things interesting.

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