Report: Aaron Gordon, Dennis Smith Jr., Victor Oladipo Commit to Dunk Contest

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2018

Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon participates in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Ronald Martinez/Pool via AP)
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Three of the four spots in the 2018 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will reportedly be taken by Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported that the trio has committed to the showcase, with Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers a "strong candidate" to be the final participant.   

Nance seemed to deny he was going to take part in the event on Twitter, though:

Smith noted he would be "honored" to take part in the event, but he hasn't officially been invited yet. 

If they participate, Gordon and Oladipo would be making return appearances in the dunk contest.

Gordon stole the show in 2016 when he threw down a 360 slam after taking the ball from the Magic's mascot, who was spinning around on a PhunkeeDuck. He wound up losing to Zach LaVine in sudden death and finished fourth in 2017.

While playing with the Magic in 2015, Oladipo came in second to LaVine. The Pacers star is averaging career highs with 24.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season. 

Smith has been a bright spot for the 16-31 Mavericks in his rookie campaign. The 20-year-old ranks fourth among all rookies with 14.8 points and 4.6 assists in 39 games.

The 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will take place on Feb. 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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