Rockets’ Cam Whitmore declined invitation to participate in Slam Dunk Contest

Houston Rockets rookie Cam Whitmore said Monday that he declined an invitation to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Whitmore has emerged as an exciting player on the court this season, given his elite athleticism and ability to throw down emphatic dunks. He has had several highlight-reel jams, from his time in the G League to being with the Rockets.

The 20th pick was likely viewed as a good option to participate in the contest, but he will pass on it for now, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

I got asked twice for the dunk contest, and I said ‘no.’ I’m waiting until the time comes. I don’t see myself as a dunker. I don’t have anything up my sleeve right now. But in year two, year three, when I establish myself as somebody in this league, yeah, I’ll do it.

The NBA typically asks rookies and other young players to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. Miami Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. has expressed interest in participating, while Mac McClung of the Osceola Magic is expected to defend his title this year.

Whitmore is averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22 games on 39.8% shooting from 3-point range. He ranks eighth in scoring among rookies and has produced two games with at least 20 points, including a season-high 24 points and 11 rebounds on Friday.

After declining to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, Whitmore could still attend the All-Star Weekend festivities as a participant in the Rising Stars game. He has come on strong of late and is emerging as a key player for the team.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire