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Aaron Gordon is willing to participate in this year's Slam Dunk Contest

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Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon was part of one of the best Slam Dunk Contests of all time when he dueled Zach LaVine in 2016.

The pair produced multiple rounds of jaw-dropping throw downs as judges found it difficult to choose a winner.

Eventually, it was LaVine who was crowned as the champion for the second straight year but many felt that Gordon was the deserving winner and was hard done by.

In an attempt to capture the prize, the Magic big man entered again last season but failed to live up to the heights he'd set previously and was eliminated in the first round.

But he's determined to get his hands on the award and doesn't want his disappointing showing in New Orleans to be the lasting memory he leaves on the competition.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the 22-year-old is willing to participate again if he's invited to take part in the event in Los Angeles in February.

After his poor showing last season, Gordon immediately stated that it would be his last dunk contest but it now appears that he's had a change of heart.

However, the power forward has bigger goals than to just feature in premiere event on All-Star Saturday Night; he's aiming for a place in the showpiece occasion on Sunday too.

“It would be nice to go to L.A. for All-Star Weekend,” Gordon said at media day. “Moreso as an All-Star.”

With his impressive start to the season, it may not be an unrealistic target.

NBA All-Star Game 2017 - Media Availability

Gordon is currently averaging career-highs of 17.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game whilst shooting an outstanding 52.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

For much of the campaign so far he has led the league in three-point field goal percentage and has shown a vast improvement in his shooting from deep.

He has taken on a bigger offensive role with Orlando and is the second leading scorer on the team behind Evan Fournier.

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Although he still has some way to go before being considered an All-Star, the high-flyer is certainly heading in the right direction and if he's still producing these numbers by the New Year, he may well be in with a chance.

The Arizona product is certainly hoping to be part of the festivities in L.A. in some part but fans will be keen to see him make amends for his failures in last year's dunk contest.

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