Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/25/12

I remarked on Twitter last night that the definition of the word “celebrity” clearly has been devalued if the event that kicked off last night’s NBA All Star Weekend was truly a “Celebrity” All Star Game. Josh touched on this as well here.

Yet, when I woke up this morning, I saw a few tweets suggesting that it was the highest (or at least one of the highest) rated NBA All Star Weekend Celebrity All Star Game ever. Granted, it’s not like the event has a storied history of high ratings; but still, when Doug Gottlieb is one of your headlining “stars” I don’t really consider it a lineup full of celebs worth tuning into. Apparently many others disagreed with me.

So, despite my own personal feelings that tonight’s Slam Dunk Contest leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the field, maybe the draw and stature of the event itself will be enough to convince folks to tune in. For those planning to do so, this post is for you.

The 2012 Slam Dunk Contest participants: Derrick Williams, Paul George, Jeremy Evans, and Chase Buddinger (Screenshot from NBA.com/dunk)

First, a couple of essential links that I encourage you to click on.

As you’ll see below, this year’s list of Slam Dunk Contest participants is a little underwhelming. Our own Chris Callaway doesn’t think it needs to be that way and he outlined his simple (if impossible) way to improve the Slam Dunk Contest moving forward.

Also, you may have missed Josh Tinley’s post from earlier this week in which he counted down the top 10 dunks in the history of the Slam Dunk Contest.

Josh’s choices were certainly controversial, as commenters have let Josh know about some notable dunks he omitted. But hey, with a contest that has created as many memorable moments as this one has, tough choices must be made in any top 10 list.

And now, let’s get to this year’s Slam Dunk Contest. First, all the basic info you need to know:

2012 Slam Dunk Contest Info
  • Start Time: 8:00 ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Title Sponsor: Sprite
  • Official Website: http://www.nba.com/dunk/
  • Event history and list of winners: http://www.nba.com/allstar/2012/dunk-contest/index.html

And there is something new this year called “Slam Net Force.” Learn about it here.

2012 Slam Dunk Contest Participants

Now let’s quickly preview the much-maligned field for the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest.

No LeBron (of course). No Dwight. No Vince, JRich, or Nate Robinson. Really, there is no name value at all. But hey, who the hell was Dee Brown or Cedric Ceballos before the Dunk Contest right? Maybe one of these guys will be the next unheralded dunker to do something special in the Dunk Contest.

Paul George
  • Indiana Pacers
  • 6’8, 215
  • 21 years old
  • Fresno State

—–

Chase Buddinger
  • Houston Rockets
  • 6’7, 218
  • 23 years old
  • Arizona Wildcats

—–

Derrick Williams
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 6’8, 241
  • 20 years old
  • Arizona Wildcats

—–

Jeremy Evans
  • Utah Jazz
  • 6’9, 194
  • 24 years old
  • Western Kentucky
  • Evans is replacing injured Iman Shumpert

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After watching the videos, who ya got?

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