NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2016: Highlights, Odds and Predictions for Participants

February 11th, 2016 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »

Few events can turn a role player into a household name quite like the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

The annual competition has featured some of the best players in league history from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant to Dominique Wilkins, but it has also been a way for average players to jump into the spotlight.

Nate Robinson is likely more known for his three wins at the Slam Dunk Contest than anything he did in games. Gerald Green and Jeremy Evans also received boosts after their performances at the midseason event.

This year's competition features just one All-Star in the four-man battle, but all the entrants have a chance to make their mark on history with a great performance Saturday night. Here is a look at what to watch for in the highly anticipated showcase.

  Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves

The defending champion is the heavy favorite for the simple fact we know what he can do. LaVine is one of the most athletic players in the entire NBA, and he showed off his ridiculous hops while taking home the trophy at the 2015 contest.

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