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Report: Rockets’ Jalen Green, Knicks’ Obi Toppin, Warriors’ Juan Toscano-Anderson in dunk contest

Rockets guard Jalen Green dunks

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 15: Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets dunks during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on November 15, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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Magic guard Cole Anthony is in the dunk contest.

Joining him, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

  • Rockets guard Jalen Green
  • Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson
  • Knicks big Obi Toppin

This field isn’t nearly as undistinguished as last year’s. Anthony and Green are bona fide starters. Toppin and Toscano-Anderson are firmly in their team’s rotations. But nobody even nearing star status is participating.

It could still be a good dunk contest, though.

The No. 2 pick in last year’s draft, Green has electric athleticism. Toppin got dunk-contest experience last year and has maintained his high-flying showmanship into this regular season. Plenty of New York fans are eager to see more of Toppin.

Not the biggest draws, Anthony and Toscano-Anderson can compete, too.

Though more name recognition offers a higher ceiling, this dunk contest – like all dunk contests – will be defined by the creativity and execution of the dunkers. This is an opportunity for someone to use the All-Star stage to make a bigger name for himself.