Report: Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. Accepts Invite to 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2020

Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) scores in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest has a second participant, with Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. reportedly joining Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium: 

Jones can jump out of the gym:

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And he has a habit of adding to his highlight reel every week or so. You don't have to search long to find an impressive aerial display from the young Heat swingman:

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In Chicago, however, Jones will be facing a former champion in Howard, who won the competition in 2008 after famously donning a Superman cape: 

Jones is no first-timer himself, having competed in the event in 2017, where he finished as the runner-up to Glenn Robinson III after this impressive dunk from the victor:

The young Heat player hasn't exactly accepted the judges' decision in that event, however:

It remains to be seen which players will be joining Howard and Jones. Two-time winner Zach LaVine would bring the noise if he chooses to participate. Ditto for defending champion Hamidou Diallo. Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon—who finished as the runner-up to LaVine in 2016 in one of the best iterations of the event in its history—would be a fantastic option. 

But don't bet against Jones—the man can fly. And it appears he still has a bit of a chip on his shoulder after losing to Robinson three years ago. 

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