Jamario Moon can now size up the competition for the all-star slam dunk contest.
Moon will be up against defending champ Gerald Green, now with the Minnesota Timberwovles, returning contestant Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Memphis forward Rudy Gay.
Moon and Gay both are first-time entrants in the event which will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
The league has altered the format from last year. While judges still will determine which two dunkers go on to the final round, fan votes will determine the ultimate winner. Votes can be cast on SMS TXT message or at NBA.com after the final round. The dunker with the most fan votes will be declared the dunk champion.
SIZING UP BOSTON
It's the last kick at the can, so to speak, tomorrow night as the Raptors take on the league-leading Boston Celtics for the fourth and final time in the regular season. The Celtics are 3-0 so far against Toronto.
The Celtics were one of the bigger curiosities in the league when the season began, and while the first half has answered some of the questions about them, it hasn't answered all.
"In the beginning I didn't expect anything because it was hard to tell if those two guys (newcomers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen) were going to share the ball," Raps forward Chris Bosh said. "They've been able to share the ball pretty well, they've been making plays for each other and they've been playing well together."
But what has Bosh and others wondering is how long the Celts big three will be able to keep up the pace they're on.
Paul Pierce and Allen are averaging more than 38 minutes a game while 32-year-old Kevin Garnett is over 35 minutes a night.