Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks, Anfernee Simons of the Portland Path Blazers and Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers will compete within the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on March 7 in Atlanta.
League sources confirmed the Simons and Stanley information after it was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, whereas The Athletic first reported the Toppin information.
The Dunk Contest might be held at halftime of the All-Star Sport.
“I might like to be within the dunk contest, however proper now we’ve obtained a pair extra video games earlier than the All-Star break,” Toppin, a Brooklyn native who was the No. 8 choose in final yr’s NBA Draft, told reporters this week.
“So we obtained to concentrate on that proper now, however I’d undoubtedly like to be within the dunk contest when that point comes.”
The 6-foot-9 Toppin led NCAA Division 1 in dunks through the 2019-20 season at Dayton, and beforehand gained a small Dunk Contest at Ossining (N.Y.) Excessive Faculty.
“It’s been a variety of guys within the dunk contest that I’ve been watching by means of my life which have actually good dunks,” Toppin stated. “If the time comes for me to be in it and so they say I’m within the dunk contest, I’ll must do a variety of finding out and hopefully give you one thing no one’s seen.”
The 6-3 Simons is averaging 8.5 factors, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Blazers after popping out of IMG (FL) Academy. He wished to take part in final yr’s Dunk Contest, which was gained by Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Warmth.
“I feel I’m making an attempt to decide on ones I do know I can do, like for certain, I’ve performed earlier than,” Simons said a year ago. “It’s additionally bringing a pair various things that make it entertaining… A novel approach of doing issues.”
The 6-5 Stanley has performed a restricted position for the Pacers since popping out of Duke, the place he was recognized for some high-flying acrobatics. He registered a 44-inch vertical leap on the NBA Draft Mix in 2020.