The NBA dunk contest has star power again, as All-Stars Paul George, John Wall and Damian Lillard have each accepted invitations to join the Feb. 15 event in New Orleans, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Only the Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant received more votes from the fans in NBA All-Star balloting than the Indiana Pacers' George.
While there have been All-Stars like Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard participating in recent years, the days of the NBA's most popular players likes Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter participating have for the most part been long gone. James, the NBA's leading All-Star vote getter, has flirted with the idea of participating but has never done it. Griffin won the dunk contest in 2011 in spectacular fashion, but hasn't participated since.
George participated in the 2012 dunk contest, but he was not an All-Star at that time.
Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won last year's competition that lacked in star power and memorable slams.