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Zion Williamson answers whether he would ever participate in Dunk Contest

Zion Williamson in a Pelicans jersey

Dec 17, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson will give the people what they want … on one big condition.

After a big victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans star Williamson was presented with an interesting question — Will he ever compete in the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend? Williamson replied that he would do it but only if he is selected as an All-Star.

Williamson, still only 23, has long been one of the most explosive above-the-rim athletes in the world. But after five years in the NBA now, he still has yet to participate in the Dunk Contest. That is despite the fact that Williamson has already made multiple All-Star teams in his career (in 2021 and 2023).

Though the Dunk Contest did have a bit more star power this year, it is very quickly losing steam in terms of fan interest. We have already seen plenty of thunderous in-game dunks from Williamson, so he would be an ideal candidate to help bring some excitement back into the event.

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