The Dunk Contest may be dying, but it's not dead. Perhaps Jeremy Lin can inject some life into it? The lineup for this year's contest in Orlando hasn't been announced officially, but ESPN's Marc Stein broke the news Thursday morning.
The four participants will be...
- Chase Budinger of the Houston Rockets
- Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves
- Paul George of the Indiana Pacers
...and, most notably
- Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks
Shumpert on his own isn't a household name, and none of these guys are. Derrick Williams was the number two pick in the 2011 Draft, but he's still fairly anonymous in the NBA. But the bet is that Shumpert will enlist the services of his famous teammate, Lin, to be a passer for him. And suddenly it won't matter how famous everyone else is. The dunk contest has struggled in recent years, at least until Blake Griffin made headlines at last year's edition in Los Angeles. Now Griffin has said he won't be dunking and the NBA turns its eyes to four, relatively-unknown younger players. But if Jeremy Lin is really on board, it's a safe bet that NBA fans will watch regardless. So at least they've got that goin' for them!