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LaVine in the Contest last year.

Zach LaVine to defend Dunk Contest crown against Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond and Will Barton

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In a move that will excite NBA fans the World over, Zach LaVine will be making his return to the All-Star Dunk Contest in a bid to defend his crown.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star will be going up against a tough field, however, with several more explosive players set to take part in Toronto.

The former UCLA guard will be reportedly taking on Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons, Orlando's Aaron Gordon and the Denver Nuggets' Will Barton, according to Cleveland.com.

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Everyone knew that the Timberwolves guard had a crazy vertical before the 2015 contest, but no one could guess just how sensational a showing he would put in to take the title.

LaVine scored a 10 on nearly every dunk, running away with the crown from Victor Oladipo of the Magic, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.

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The 20-year-old's best dunk was his first effort of the night. Coming onto the court in a Toon Squad jersey, accompanied by rappers who were performing the Space Jam theme song, LaVine made everyone sit up and take notice with a monster between the legs throwdown. 

You can check out LaVine's efforts from last year below and see why he is the automatic favorite heading into this year's contest.

LaVine's teammate in Minnesota - Andrew Wiggins - had been rumoured to be taking part in the contest this year, but he's not listed in the report. He probably knows better than anyone what Zach can do; and is being the smart one by not taking part.

Whatever happens, we're definitely in for a treat come All-Star weekend.

Topics:
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Zach LaVine
Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Detroit Pistons
Central Division
Andre Drummond
Will Barton
Denver Nuggets

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