Anfernee Simons, Cassius Stanley to enter Slam Dunk Contest
Dec 18, 2020; Indiana Pacers guard Cassius Stanley (2) slam dunks the ball in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Anfernee Simons, Cassius Stanley expected to enter Slam Dunk Contest``

Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons and Indiana Pacers rookie Cassius Stanley are expected to enter the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest at the 2021 All-Star Game, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

They'll join New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin.

The NBA is continuing the trend of highlighting younger players during the Slam Dunk Contest. This year's event will take place at halftime of the All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta. 

The Trail Blazers selected Simons with the 24th pick in the 2018 draft. He's averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game this season while shooting 39.4% from the field and 41.2% from deep. 

Stanley was selected by the Pacers with the 54th pick in the 2020 draft. In eight games this season, he's averaging 1.1 points and 0.4 rebounds per game while shooting 28.6% from the field and 50% from deep. 

Stanley has spent most of his rookie season with the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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