JaVale McGee will not be competing in this year's Slam Dunk Contest, but unlike many others, he didn't choose to skip the event. Instead, according to a report, McGee was passed over as the NBA made its selections and began assembling the lineups. It's a somewhat surprising move considering McGee showed well in last year's dunk contest, going head-to-head with Blake Griffin but coming up short in the final fan vote.
This time around, the NBA reportedly wanted to freshen things up a bit.
Crazy news: JaVale McGee was not asked to participate in the Slam Dunk competition. He said he would've gone to ORL if asked. #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 16, 2012
According to source, the NBA wanted to go in a different direction with the slam dunk contest, which is why all new faces were invited.— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 17, 2012
Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, Iman Shumpert and Paul George were chosen to participate in this year's contest. The rest of the big names -- including Blake Griffin and LeBron James -- opted not to join in on the festivities. In that regard, it's a bit perplexing McGee wasn't even in consideration, but to each their own.