Raptors rookie swingman Terrence Ross already has a challenger for his slam-dunk crown.
Pistons rookie Andre Drummond tossed his hat into the ring Friday morning, saying he was hoping to compete in the dunk contest this season before a stress fracture in his lower back ended that dream.
"That was my goal to be in the dunk contest," Drummond said. "I can't really do that now, so hopefully next year."
Ross won the slam-dunk title Saturday night as part of the NBA's All-Star weekend. Drummond watched from courtside.
It isn't clear whether Drummond would have gotten an invite this season, so a little public lobbying can't hurt.
Drummond, 19, would probably be a formidable contestant since he has a little flavor when attacking the rim at the practice facility.
He can do spinning dunks, and he has been spotted going between his legs before dunking.
He said that's just "messing around."
So what can we expect if he does get the call?
"I can't tell you that now," he said with a laugh. "If I'm in it next year they will know what I'm going to do."
Pistons' Andre Drummond has eyes on slam dunk title
Detroit Free Press | Feb 18