Anfernee Simons to the NBA dunk contest?
If asked, he'd love to.
Portland Trail Blazers sophomore guard Anfernee Simons talked to NBC Sports Northwest Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes following shoot-around Tuesday afternoon about whether he wants an invite to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend.
If they invite me I'll participate. -- Simons
He went on to say that he's not going to campaign for an invite and rather let his teammates do the talking, such as Damian Lillard.
"I'm going to be online vouching for [Simons' invite] too...He should definitely be in it."
Dame already put the word out last season following the contest.
Ant Simons comin for the Dunk contest crown next February @AnferneeSimons— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 18, 2019
If Dame's words don't pull enough, Simons' bounce should be enough to warrant an invite on its own.
"I might not be the most acrobatic...but I can jump really high and use that to my advantage."
Against the Miami Heat on Sunday, Simons showed off his hops on a massive dunk along the baseline over former Blazer Meyers Leonard.
If Simons were to participate in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, he would become the first Trail Blazer to participate since Damian Lillard in 2014. Lillard is the first player ever to participate in all five All-Star events in the same weekend.
Other Blazers to be in the Dunk Contest include: Clyde Drexler (1984-85, 1987-89), Jerome Kersey (1986-89), James Robinson (1994), and Rudy Fernandez (2009).
Last season, Simons also had some fun putting on a show for his teammates.
Simons also had insane bounce in high school.
Anfernee Simons in the 2020 NBA Dunk Contest?— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 18, 2019
Other participants in this year's Dunk Contest: Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers) and Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat), with Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and Zach Lavine (Chicago Bulls) mulling their decisions.
What do you say Blazers fans? Do you think Simons could win?