That is some good news for Andre Drummond and Aaron Gordon. After Drummond was snubbed from the NBA All-Star game, he would expect some extra work for the weekend, as per the sources.
The Mlive quoted, “The Pistons’ 6-foot-11 center was tapped to participate in the annual slam dunk contest, scheduled for the Saturday, Feb. 13, (7:30 p.m., TNT) before the game at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, it was announced by the league Thursday night.”
— NBA (@NBA) February 5, 2016
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy gave a pretty vague reply when asked about Drummond being pitched for the Slam Dunk contest. He said that he neither heard about the news nor was interested in it.
“If he wants to do it, great for him and have fun,” Van Gundy said. “But that’s totally up to him. That’s not something I would get involved in. That’s not something that will take care of my Saturday night, I’ll tell you that.”
The source later put, “Drummond is averaging 17.3 points and a league-leading 15.0 rebounds and 41 double-doubles.”
Drummond would be first Pistons player to participate in the Slam Dunk contest since Jerry Stackhouse in 2000.
Even Orlando Magic Forward Aaron Gordon was named in the Slam Dunk contest at the Air Canada Centre during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
As per the Fox Sports reported, “Gordon, the fourth selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, is averaging 7.7 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. in 21.0 minpg this season.”
With Gordon’s inclusion in the contest, he became the eighth Magic player after Victor Oladipo (2015); Dwight Howard (2009, 2008, 2007); Darrell Armstrong (1996); Nick Anderson (1992) and Otis Smith (1991), as Fox Sports put it.
The other players to join Gordon and Drummond were Minnesota’s Zach LaVine and Denver’s Will Barton.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night in Toronto will feature three different events. The first event will include the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, followed by the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and then the Verizon Slam Dunk.