Updated: Friday, 07 February 2014 12:05 | By Agence France-Presse

Raptors' Ross to defend Slam Dunk title

Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross will defend his Slam Dunk crown during the NBA's All-Star weekend in New Orleans in a field that includes three actual All-Stars.


Raptors' Ross to defend Slam Dunk title

Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross jumps over a ball boy at the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Texas on February 16, 2013 - by Scott Halleran

All-Stars Paul George of the Pacers, John Wall of the Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers -- who all garnered spots in the February 16 contest -- will join Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore in seeking Ross's title in the Slam Dunk competition on the eve of the All-Star Game.

Lillard will also participate in the three-point competition and had already agreed to play in Friday night's rookie/sophomore game and Saturday night's skills challenge, as well as the All-Star Game.

That puts him on course to become the first player in All-Star weekend history to take part in all five events.

Joining Lillard in the three-point competition will be Golden State sharpshooter Stephen Curry, Minnesota star Kevin Love and San Antonio sniper Marco Belinelli representing the West.

Washington's Bradley Beal, Brooklyn's Joe Johnson and Orlando's Arron Afflalo will join reigning champion Kyrie Irving as the East representatives.

For the second straight year, All-Star Saturday competitions will feature an East v West format, with players representing their respective conferences in the contests to raise money for charity.

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