Zach LaVine is back to defend his title.
The 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner is headed to Toronto in less than two weeks in search of another crown and the Timberwolves guard, as first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, will be joining Pistons center Andre Drummond, Denver forward Will Barton, and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon in the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
LaVine captured the title last year at Barclays Center with an impressive showing and will look to become the contest's fourth repeat winner.
While LaVine and Drummond will excite fans, it's another year and another contest without true star power. Sure Drummond is one of the best young big men in the game and LaVine has legitimate cachet, but the maligned contest will yet again be bereft of A-listers like LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and, maybe most notably, Canadian native Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves second year stud was widely speculated to be a potential participant, but Wiggins told ESPN this week that after losing a slam dunk contest in high school he's done competing in them.
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