NBA D-League Dunk Contest 2017: Meet the Dunkers

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Alex Poythress will look to put on a show in the 2017 D-League Dunk Contest. (Getty)

Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones Jr. and Co. won’t be the only dunkers on display in New Orleans on Saturday.

The D-League will also have their dunking showcase on Saturday, with the preliminary round being streamed live on Facebook at 12:30 p.m. ET and the final airing on NBA TV during halftime of the D-League ALl-Star game (tips at 2:30 p.m. ET).

Though the D-League contest took a considerable hit when it lost Jones to the NBA event, it still boasts plenty of potential.

Here’s a look at who will be part of this year’s spectacle:


2017 NBA D-League Dunk Contest Participants

John Jordan, Raptors 905
Alex Poythress, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Troy Williams, Iowa Energy
Derek Cooke Jr., Northern Arizona Suns
Alfonzo McKinnie, Windy City Bulls
Trahson Burrell, Long Island Nets


Preview

Jordan–no relation to a certain other dunk contest winner–is the defending champion after putting a show last year:


5-Foot-10 John Jordan Wins 2016 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest!5-foot-10 guard John Jordan of the hometown Raptors 905 put on a show to win the 2016 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon (Saturday, Feb. 13 at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum). The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans…2016-02-13T21:54:06.000Z

The 5-foot-10 guard has pogo-stick hops–as a sophomore in college he measured a 49.5″ vertical–and should be considered the favorite to win on Saturday.

That said, he has plenty of competition.

Troy Williams, in particular, has a freakish blend of length and explosiveness that should help him put on a show.


Troy Williams 2017 NBA D-League Dunk Contest PreviewWatch Iowa Energy wing Troy Williams in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon, Feb. 18 on Facebook Live and NBA TV! The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans can get a glimpse at the players,…2017-02-09T21:04:58.000Z

Here’s a complete look at what the rest of the participants bring to the table:


Alex Poythress 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest PreviewWatch Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward Alex Poythress in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon, Feb. 18 on Facebook Live and NBA TV! The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans can get a glimpse at…2017-02-09T21:04:58.000Z

Derek Cooke Jr. 2017 NBA D-League Dunk Contest PreviewWatch Northern Arizona Suns forward Derek Cooke Jr. in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon, Feb. 18 on Facebook Live and NBA TV! The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans can get a glimpse at…2017-02-09T21:04:59.000Z

Alfonzo McKinnie 2017 NBA D-League Dunk Contest PreviewWatch Windy City Bulls forward Alfonzo McKinnie in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon, Feb. 18 on Facebook Live and NBA TV! The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans can get a glimpse at the…2017-02-09T21:05:00.000Z

Trahson Burrell 2017 NBA D-League Dunk Contest PreviewWatch Long Island Nets guard Trahson Burrell in the 2017 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest presented by Verizon, Feb. 18 on Facebook Live and NBA TV! The NBA Development League, the NBA's official minor league, streams over 350 live games on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel and NBADLeague.com. Fans can get a glimpse at the…2017-02-09T21:04:51.000Z

Ultimately, don’t be surprised if this one comes down to Jordan and Williams, who stand as the two best pure athletes in the contest. No matter what happens, though, it should be an entertaining display and the perfect warm-up for All-Star Saturday night.

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