We all know that JaVale McGee was the real winner of the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but as it turns out, he will not be defending his crown*. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that McGee will not be one of the four members selected to participate in the competition.
Just going up at ESPN online: Dunk contest field is Budinger, Paul George, Shumpert and Derrick Williams. And, yes, Jeremy Lin involved, too— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 16, 2012
That's a pretty lame field, honestly. I'm excited for George, but otherwise, none of the other guys really do much for me. In fact, according to CBS Sports' Dunk-O-Meter, none of those players is even in the top 40 in the league in dunks this season. Shumpert, honestly, feels like a way to get Lin involved more than anything.
Oh well. If Flip Saunders were still the coach, I'm sure he'd be happy to see McGee not participating.