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Report: Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. to compete in dunk contest

Derrick Jones Jr.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 5: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 5, 2020 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Have the best dunk in a dunk contest and still lose the event? That’s apparently a ticket to the 2020 dunk contest.

Dwight Howard, whose sticker dunk stole the show in 2007, will compete this year. Apparently so will Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., who – while with the Suns – had the best dunk in 2017 while losing to Glenn Robinson III.

Greg Leif Sylvander of Five Reasons Sports Network:

Jones is a high flyer who can get way up, dunk hard and put on a show. He has all the tools to win this contest.

Except name recognition. Though Jones has earned a bigger role in Miami, he’s still a young backup with no playoff experience.

This is a chance for him to burst onto the scene beyond just Heat fans, Suns fans and NBA diehards.