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Dennis Smith Jr. says he won’t compete in dunk contest again: ‘I don’t think it’s for me’

2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks competes in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Dennis Smith Jr.'s performance in last season’s dunk contest didn’t go according to plan.

The Mavericks guard won’t seek redemption this year.

Smith, via Akshay Mirchandani of The Dallas Morning News:

“I don’t think it’s for me,” Smith said. “The gimmicks and everything that comes with it. I’m not with it.”

This is fine. Smith has potential to be a good dunk-contest competitor, but it requires a certain type of creativity he might not have.

We’ll have to settle for watching just Smith’s fantastic in-game dunks.