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2012 NBA Dunk Contest: Paul George An Early Favorite

Indiana Pacers guard Paul George is considered by some to be the favorite to win the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition.

Now that New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert will miss NBA All-Star weekend and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, some consider Indiana Pacers guard Paul George the favorite to win the competition.

George, who will also take part in the Rising Stars competition, was drafted by the Pacers as the 10th overall pick at the 2010 NBA Draft after playing two years with the Fresno St. Bulldogs. George was named to the 2011 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and has since become one of the team's top talents.

However it's his dunks that make him stand out and are a major reason why he's taking part in the Sprite Slam Dunk Competition this year.

Here's some visual proof for you:

One dunk that we might see out of George is the double-pump reverse, just like the one he perfected here:

And just so you know, this is nothing new for George. He's been throwing down monster dunks long before he was in the NBA:

The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will be the final event held during All-Star Saturday Night festivities, which begin 8 p.m. ET on TNT.