All-Star Slam Dunk Contest 2014 Participants: Defending Champion Terrence Ross Names Possible Opponents [VIDEO]

By Jay Cortez
on Jan 26, 2014 12:18 PM EST
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Toronto Raptors sophomore swingman Terrence Ross will defend his Slam Dunk title this year against a group of high-flyers that the league still has to announce, but the reigning slam dunk titlist has some names he'd like to see in the midseason showcase set in New Orleans next month.

Pressed for names of players he want to see participate in the slam dunk contest, Ross mentioned three names -- Tony Mitchell and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons and Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic.

Although Mitchell is the least popular among the three players he named, Ross said there's a reason why he thinks the guard out of North Texas should join the contest.

"In my opinion, if he gets in it he'll be in the position I was in last year," Ross told "Nobody kind of knows he can dunk, I mean they know he can dunk, but they don't know what he can do. I know he's a freak athlete from what I've heard."

Ross was particularly addressing his position last year, when he was a virtual unknown before surprising everybody to win the Slam Dunk title. Now, the sophomore player is a vital cog of the Raptors and even tied the franchise scoring record of 51 points against the LA Clippers on Saturday night.

Mitchell has played just 34 minutes this season for the Pistons. He is a second round pick by Detroit and has played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was voted the most athletic player in the NBA rookie class of 2013.

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