ESPN's Marc Stein has the scoop on which six players will be competing in this year's dunk contest, and it's actually a pretty strong field. Paul George, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Ross, and Ben McLemore will be this year's competitors.
George is the biggest source of star power, and a guy everyone was hoping would throw his hat in the ring ever since he unleashed a 360 windmill dunk in the middle of a game. The 6-foot-9 forward should be a strong contestant, so long as he remembers to leave the lights on this time.
Personally, I'm most excited to see Lillard and Wall dunk. Watching big men like JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard do their thing is fun, but little-guy dunks have always carried a little extra aesthetic value. Lillard is 6-foot-3 and Wall is 6-foot-4, but both can get the hell up. We can't have Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, but these two are the next best thing.
Ross, Barnes, and McLemore are all capable of putting on a fine show, although Barnes and Ross would have a much higher chance at winning if Nikola Pekovic and Kenneth Faried were somehow willing to lend a hand.
Anyway, let's hope for some good dunks! I think there will be some pretty good dunks!