Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka among participants in 2011 dunk contest

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 6, 2011 at 7:24 am •  Published: January 5, 2011
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DALLAS — Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and former OU star and current Los Angeles Clippers standout Blake Griffin will highlight this year's slam dunk contest at All-Star Weekend.

Washington center JaVale McGee and Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings will round out the four-man field, which the NBA announced Wednesday. All four players are first-time participants.

Ibaka told The Oklahoman last February that he wanted to participate in this year's contest after watching last year's event live in Dallas.

“I feel like I can compete with them,” Ibaka said.

Ibaka won a dunk contest in Spain in 2008 and boasts of being able to dunk from the free throw line. Griffin, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2009 but is classified as a rookie this season after missing all of last year due to injury, has become the talk of the league for his nightly double-doubles and monstrous dunks. Griffin recently lobbied to be a part of the contest as well.

Each participant will be paired with a dunk coach who will assist his respective player in creating and practicing some of the dunks that will be used during this year's event. Serge Ibaka's best dunks


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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