Dunkers to duel for contest spot

MIKE GANTER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

Raptors rookie guard DeMar DeRozan's chances of making it into the Slam Dunk contest during NBA all-star weekend got a boost last night.

The league has announced that in addition to the three automatic entries into the contest who will be unveiled next Monday, an NBA all-star Slam Dunk-In competition will be held to determine the fourth and final participant in the actual dunk contest.

The participants for the Dunk-In will be announced on television tonight before the broadcast of the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics game.

The two players chosen to participate will get two dunks at half time of the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam event on the Friday of all-star weekend. Fans will determine the winner by voting via text message or at NBA.com with the winner advancing to the actual dunk contest the following night.

An online petition to get DeRozan into the competition (letdemardunk.com) has a goal of 10,000 signatures. So far the total is at 1,630.


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