Last week Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Mason Plumlee was among the participants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets and NBA confirmed this report making it official. Yes, Plumlee will participate in the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, February 14.
The second-year pro becomes the third Nets’ player to take part in Sprite Slam Dunk, joining Richard Jefferson in 2003 and Chris Morris in 1989.
Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota guard Zach LaVine and Orlando guard Victor Oladipo will compete alongside Plumlee in this year’s competition. In 44 games this season, Plumlee is averaging 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game and is third in the league in field goal percentage (59.4 percent). Plumlee’s averages have increased to 13.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in 27 starts this season.
Plumlee will attempt to become the first player to win the event and the fourth player to win it in his home arena, joining Michael Jordan (1988), Isaiah Rider (1994) and Blake Griffin (2011).