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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
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

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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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