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Breaking down the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants

Hello World!

A new year brings new rules and with that the NBA is hoping to recreate the excitement once associated with the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend this year by pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences up against one another.

First off, the participants…then we’ll get to the new rules and format.

The Western Conference will feature point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, small forward Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, and shooting guard Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings.  Representing the East will be point guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards, shooting guard Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, along with defending Slam Dunk Champion and shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors,Terrence Ross.

2014 NBA Slam Dunk Participants

*Click the play button under the video tab to view each dunker’s best in a larger lightbox video player

Damain Lillard – Portland Dunk Profile Video
Damian Lillard
Position: PG
Height: 6-3
Max Vert: 39.5″
Dunk Style: 1-hand Lean
Conference: Western
NBA Team: Blazers
John Wall –  Washington Dunk Profile Video
John Wall
Position: PG
Height: 6-4
Max Vert: 39″
Dunk Style: Lefty Freestyle
Conference: Eastern
NBA Team: Wizards
Ben McLemore – Sacramento Dunk Profile Video
Ben McLemore
Position: SG
Height: 6-5
Max Vert: 42″
Dunk Style: Statue of Liberty
Conference: Western
NBA Team: Kings
Terrence Ross – Toronto Dunk Profile Video
Terrence Ross
Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Max Vert: 37.5″
Dunk Style: Flash & Flight
Conference: Eastern
NBA Team: Raptors
Harrison Barnes – Golden State Dunk Profile Video
Harrison Barnes
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Max Vert: 39.5″
Dunk Style: Angry Power
Conference: Western
NBA Team: Warriors
Paul George – Indiana Dunk Profile Video
Paul George
Position: SG
Height: 6-9
Max Vert: No Data
Dunk Style: Top-Flight Artistry
Conference: Eastern
NBA Team: Pacers

2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest New Rules

  • First Round = Team contest: 90 seconds for each team to Freestyle (no dunk amount limit), Winning Team chosen by Judges
  • Winning Team from First Round gets to choose to go 1st or 2nd in the Second Round
  • Second Round = Head-to-Head Battle: Six dunkers split up ( 1 per Conference) into pairs in a head-to-head battle,  Judges choose a winner from each Head-to-Head battle until one conference has won at least three head-to-head battles.  If a dunker loses a head-to-head matchup he will be eliminated.
  • After the second round a Slam Dunk Contest Team Champion will be crowned and the Slam Dunk Champion will be voted on by the fans.

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