According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, Renton native, Bothell High School graduate and current Minnesota Timberwolf Zach LaVine is a "strong possibility" to take part in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend. According to Wojnarowski, LaVine will be joined by the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee, and the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo.
It would appear, based on that lineup, that the NBA is finally abandoning the East vs. West format that they have used for the past several years on All-Star Saturday Night. Hopefully this means we won't see another "Freestyle Round," followed by a "Battle Round," and then the event ending just as it was getting good.
That's a fairly impressive lineup of dunkers but LaVine has to be considered the favorite. At the NBA Draft Combine, he recorded a 46-inch vertical leap, a record for the Lakers (who was who he was working out for at the time). He also did some nasty dunks during the Seattle Pro-Am. Have a look.