The 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest field is excellent

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford

He has already surpassed his career single-season high for made three-pointers, which was 149 from previous year.

George was announced as one of eight players selected to the JBL Three-Point Contest, which will take place February 17 at All-Star Weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will attempt one final time to win the All-Star dunk contest. Journeyman Wayne Ellington, enjoying a career campaign with the Miami Heat, is a darkhorse contender. His 40.2 percent from downtown this season is the second-highest percentage during his nine-year career and is now the fifth-highest in the National Basketball Association by any player with at least 130 made treys. George connected on a record nine three-pointers and scored 41 points in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. The 2016-17 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award victor, Gordon has made the sixth-most three-pointers in the NBA this season (146) while averaging 19.1 points. The opening Friday with the celebrity and rookie-sophomore games always has moments, and the All-Star Game conclusion on Sunday should be even more interesting this year due to the new format.

He'll be going up against a star-studded lineup of shooters, including defending Three-Point Contest champion Eric Gordon of Houston and 2016 champ Klay Thompson of Golden State. Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers round out the field. Finley finished third at the event held in Cleveland in 1997, while Dumas failed to advance past the first round of the 1995 competition held in Phoenix. The fifth rack is a special "all money ball" rack, which each participant can place at any of the five locations.

One year later and we weren't treated to a rematch between the two, as LaVine decided not to participate in the festivities.

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