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Three players who should receive an invitation to this year's Slam Dunk Contest

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In 2016, NBA fans were treated to one of the greatest Slam Dunk Contests of all time as Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on an incredible show in Toronto.

The athletic duo brought the competition to life and allowed it to get back the credibility it deserved after several underwhelming years.

Unfortunately, last season's version proved to be anti-climactic as Gordon failed to live up to his standards from the previous edition and saw a final between Derrick Jones Jr. and Glen Robinson III which wasn't the best.

Therefore, the league has to do the competition justice as the All-Star weekend heads for the bright lights of Los Angeles in February.

We have already seen a number of explosive high-flyers in the NBA this season that could produce a stunning show if they take part.

Here are three players who must be invited to this year's Dunk contest:

Dennis Smith Jr.

Brooklyn Nets v Dallas Mavericks

This choice almost seems obvious as the Dallas Mavericks rookie is a walking highlight reel. Since he made his first appearance with the team in the Summer League, Smith has produced a huge dunk almost on a nightly basis.

He has taken the league by storm with his outrageous athleticism at the point guard position as he resembles Russell Westbrook with his speed and ferocity.

This dunk against the Orlando Magic is one of his most impressive so far as he takes off from distance:

The 20-year-old has it all in his arsenal and has displayed a variety of breathtaking dunks throughout the campaign so far and is the fans' number one choice to compete in L.A.

Jaylen Brown

Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics sophomore has displayed a mature all-around game this season and has been a huge reason why they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Brown has developed into one of the most explosive young players and has produced a number of highlight slams already this year that make you sit up and take notice.

This terrific putback against the San Antonio Spurs recently is arguably his best:

He would be a joy to watch and can surely break out some ridiculous throw downs if he's given the opportunity. His athleticism is off the charts and deserves to put it on display in front of the fans in Tinseltown.

Donovan Mitchell

Sydney Kings v Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz shooting guard has been the most impressive rookie in his draft class and has been a revelation. He's now the team's leading scorer averaging 17.8 points per game.

The 21-year-old may be doing most of his damage from beyond the arc, where he's shooting 36.5 percent, but he has really drawn attention with his monster throwdowns.

Mitchell has produced some stunning dunks this year and has the ability to showcase some Dominique Wilkins type dunks with the way he finishes.

This hammer against the Lakers is already a contender for dunk of the season:

He is just another one of many athletically gifted young stars in the league today and the powers that be must do everything it can to get him to put it on display in front of a sell-out crowd inside the Staples Center.

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