Larry Nance, Jr. to participate in 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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The night opens with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge featuring two teams: bigs and smalls.

The contestants for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Saturday in Los Angeles were announced Thursday night. There's a lot of great young talent in that group. Let's take a look at the four high-flying players in this year's field... He was the 2015 runner-up to Zach LaVine. On Friday evening before the Lakers' contest against the Brooklyn Nets, Nance Jr. showed up in a shirt with his father's image printed on it, who was the first ever NBA Slam Dunk Contest victor back in 1984 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. He was runner-up to LaVine in 2016 and put on a show, garnering three ideal scores during the competition. Perhaps the Arizona product is more motivated this time around and puts on a show like his 2016 appearance. Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. Given the constant comparison to his pops, one would expect Nance, Jr.to show some sort of homage to the elder Nance.

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The explosive guard out of North Carolina State, who was also selected to play in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16, holds averages of 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.95 steals and 28.9 minutes per game in 44 games (all starts) for Dallas this season. Even his missed dunks are spectacular.

This will be Oladipo's second time in the featured event on All-Star Saturday. The Staples Center should be going wild in support of the third-year forward (who is quietly putting together a terrific season).

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