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Ben McLemore to (probably) participate in the Dunk Contest

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ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Kings rookie will be the first King to participate in the event since Gerald Wallace.

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The Kings won't be completely shut out of All-Star weekend festivities next week despite Ben McLemore being left off the Rising Stars team and DeMarcus Cousins being left off the All-Star team.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported last night on ESPN that McLemore is one of the six contestants for this year's dunk contest.  He will be joined by defending champion Terrence Ross, Paul George, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Harrison Barnes.

This news has not yet been confirmed by the Kings, but the NBA is planning on announcing the participants of the Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge and Three Point Shootout today at 4 p.m. Pacific on TNT so we'll know sooner rather than later.

We've definitely seen our fair share of great dunks from Ben this season, as well as an almost equal share of missed dunks.  Hopefully he'll put on a good show.

The last time the Kings had someone in the dunk contest, it was Gerald Wallace.  This is a good enough excuse as any to post the replay.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see if Ben is added to the Rising Stars Challenge at the last minute since he's going to be there for the Dunk Contest anyway.

Best of luck Ben! Even if you don't win, at least beat Paul George for us.