Aaron Gordon withdraws from Slam Dunk Contest

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell to compete in Slam Dunk contest

The first option should be Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell, who has showed off his leaping ability this season with a handful of impressive finishes throughout his 24 dunks.

Brown will travel to Los Angeles for the weekend regardless.

"When I found out, I was excited", Mitchell told reporters.

Gordon was the most accomplished competitor slated for this year's dunk contest. "I'd be excited. Like I said before, I would love to do it".

Mitchell told reporters on Monday that he received the news on Sunday night.

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Other details includes "3:51" on the back pull tabs as a nod to the time MJ took flight and "147" on the tongue to represent MJ's total score in the final round of the Dunk Contest. This is something Mitchell has wanted since entering the National Basketball Association.

The Slam Dunk contest is an annual National Basketball Association event held during the All-Star weekend where players compete in three-point shooting, dunking and other skills.

Because big men are at a disadvantage when it comes to scoring and showmanship, that is why I am glad John Collins is using his time on the Rising Stars game and not at the Slam Dunk Contest.

Gordon (hip) will not play Monday against the Heat. He went through shootaround with no ill effects. Per ESPN, Mitchell has two 40-plus-point performances under his belt.

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