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Tracking participants, news, rumors for Dunk Contest at 2022 NBA All-Star Game

We’re keeping track of all the players who have committed to the event at All-Star weekend in Cleveland.

Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic
Cole Anthony of the Orlando Magic smiles against the Detroit Pistons on January 28, 2022 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
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It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a solid Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. About six years since the Zach LaVine vs. Aaron Gordon contest to be exact. Last year, the contestants were a bit more exciting with youngsters Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons and Cassius Stanley. The last time we had a high-profile player in the contest was back in 2018 with Utah Jazz G Donovan Mitchell, who was a rookie at the time. Might this be the year the dunk contest returns to glory? Will we get a Ja Morant or a Miles Bridges (in his breakout season) in the contest?

Here we’ll be tracking all the latest news and rumors on who will participate in the 2022 Dunk Contest.

2022 Dunk Contest participants

February 1: Big news for the Dunk Contest. Joining Anthony in the competition is Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green, per Shams Charania. Green has had some electric highlights so far in his first season in the NBA. Between Anthony and Green, we should have a pretty solid contest. Also in the contest is reigning dunk champion New York Knicks F Obi Toppin as well as Golden State Warriors F Juan Toscano-Anderson. So we’ve got the field of four players set.

So we’ve got our four participants, let’s make some early predictions. My first two reactions would be Toppin should be favored to repeat in this field. My favorite value will likely be Green considering his talent and hype. The Rockets rookie has been playing for nothing all season long on a rebuilding team and being at All-Star Weekend already should be exciting for him.

January 29: We have our first participant. Per Shams Charania, Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony will take part in the 2022 dunk contest. Anthony is having a big season with an expanded role in Orlando due to some injuries.