Two young players expected to join New York's Obi Toppin in the All-Star Slam Dunk competition on March 7: Portland's Anfernee Simons and Indiana's Cassius Stanley, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 28, 2021
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.