It's been a while since an NBA superstar has competed in the Slam Dunk Contest.
But that could change in 2024.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson told Complex Sports at All-Star Weekend in Utah that he "puts heavy consideration" into participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. The former No. 1 overall pick added that if he's ever going to enter the event, it would probably be next year in Indianapolis.
Williamson would certainly add juice to a contest that's been mostly lackluster in recent years. The last time a player competed in both the All-Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest was Victor Oladipo in 2018.
You could make the argument that the last time a player with similar star power as Williamson participated was Blake Griffin in 2011. The 2014 contest featured Damian Lillard, Paul George and John Wall but it was a team format. George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell and Zach LaVine also competed since 2011, but they weren't at the time the kind of megastar that Williamson currently is.
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While Williamson has left the Slam Dunk Contest door open, the same can't be said for one of his fellow 2019 draft class members.
High-flying Memphis Grizzlies All-Star Ja Morant told reporters in Utah that the event isn't in his future.
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Saturday night's Slam Dunk Contest includes Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III, Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr., New York Knicks center Jericho Sims and Philadelphia 76ers two-way guard Mac McClung.