Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee will participate in the NBA’s 2015 Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the NBA announced today. Plumlee goes against Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Zach LaVine, making Plumlee the oldest contestant at the ripe age of 24. The dunk contest will return to the classic grading style this season, after a confusing format last season was met with criticism.
The seven-foot Plumlee measured a 36″ vertical at the NBA draft combine, and ranks sixth in the NBA with 79 total dunks on the season after putting down 116 next season. On a related note, here’s this video of all of Plumlee’s 116 dunks last season.
He becomes the third Nets player to participate in an NBA Slam Dunk contest, joining Richard Jefferson in 2003 and Chris Morris in 1989. Neither won their respective contests.
Plumlee isn’t an in-game trick dunker, with his most creative moments coming when he throws down in reverse, but he has dunked three basketballs at once before:
Plumlee will also likely compete in the Rookie-Sophomore challenge, and no one else on the Nets is expected to compete in any other event.