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Donovan Mitchell to replace injured Aaron Gordon in National Basketball Association slam dunk contest

Donovan Mitchell to replace injured Aaron Gordon in National Basketball Association slam dunk contest

Gordon reportedly withdrew Monday with a strained left hip flexor.

That's it. Those were the only two big men slam dunk winners of all time. And many will say that Gordon won that contest, but was robbed in a sense because LaVine had the uncanny ability to do fun stuff from the free throw line.

Below, Mitchell shared his feelings on participating in the dunk contest. Per Diaz, Gordon will also miss Orlando's upcoming games against the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The news is truly a shame.

Dazzling fans with a plethora of offensive moves, he has created a number of terrific dunk highlights along the way.

With those two exceptions in mind, big men have been historically disappointing in dunk contests.

On Saturday, Feb. 17 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, Mitchell will go up against Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Los Angeles' Larry Nance Jr. and Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr.in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk contest. I believe that it is a good thing that Hawks' rookie John Collins did not get chosen to appear in the Slam Dunk Contest. Mitchell leads all rookies in points scored (964), 20-plus point games (24), 30-plus point games (six), three-pointers made (115) and is the first rookie since Tyreke Evans (2009-10) to average over 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal per contest. And if Adrian Wojnarowski is right - and he usually is - we will.


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