Donovan Mitchell to replace Aaron Gordon in dunk contest

NBA: Donovan Mitchell replaces Aaron Gordon in Slam Dunk contest

NBA: Donovan Mitchell replaces Aaron Gordon in Slam Dunk contest

Those competing in the 3-Point contest include: last year's champ Eric Gordon (Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Paul George (Thunder), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Devin Booker (Suns), Wayne Ellington (Heat), Tobias Harris (Clippers). However, with Gordon out of the lineup, it gives Mario Hezonja a nice chance to string together some more strong games. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder out of Louisville was the No. 13 overall pick and leads the Jazz with 19.7 points per game.

A dunk contest win for Mitchell will all but make him a household name. He has scored at least 40 points in a game twice, becoming the first Jazz player with multiple 40-point games in his rookie season. The Magic are just 2-10 this season when Gordon has been out with ankle, concussion, groin and hip injuries.

Those Boston Celtics observers who would like to see Jaylen Brown in the NBA All-Star slam dunk contest were given a brief moment of hope this afternoon.

"Air Gordon" will not be making a comeback this NBA All-Star weekend.

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Jones, who is famed for his psychological banter, said: "I'm excited by our prospects, particularly as we have been written off". Conor O'Shea's first Test visit to his homeland will be fraught with difficulty as the Italians have just a six-day turnaround.

The 25-year-old was a finalist for the 2017 Dunk of the Year award that went to Oladipo for a monstrous slam against the Brooklyn Nets.

Gordon had competed in the past two All-Star dunk contests and finished as runner-up in 2016.

Although Nance will string together an impressive collection of dunks, Gordon's creativity will put him over the Lakers forward in the eyes of the judges.

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