Will Barton Invited to Take Part in 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2016

Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton dunks against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton has been selected to participate in the 2016 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, per Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com. Barton is in the midst of the best year of his career, averaging career highs of 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

In case you had any questions of how Barton might do, here's a look at some of what he can bring to the table, per Brent Lewis of the Denver Post:

The Nuggets shared a video of another rim-rattling dunk courtesy of Barton:

The dunk contest will be the final event of All-Star Weekend prior to the actual game. Barton and the other participants will attempt to bring the rim down at 8:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 in Toronto. The 25-year-old was asked on Feb. 1 if he would like to be invited and made it clear he wouldn't think about turning down an offer, per Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.

“I mean, if they asked me, I would do it,” Barton said. “It’s just how I feel about it. But I don’t have too many feelings about it.”

The rest of the field has yet to be announced, but if Barton were to win, he would become the first Nugget to do so in the event that began in 1984.

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