DeRozan hard at work for dunk contest

MIKE GANTER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

DeMar DeRozan won't be heading to Dallas and the NBA's first Dunk-In contest alone or unprepared.

The high-flying Raptor rookie already is plotting a strategy to make sure he joins yesterday's announced trio -- defending champ Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, the Lakers' Shannon Brown and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace -- as the fourth and final participant in the NBA slam dunk contest.

"Sonny thinks he's a better dunker than me so he thinks every piece of advice he gives me is great," DeRozan said of teammate Sonny Weems. "That's my man so I'm going to listen to him and take his advice. He won the college dunk contest so he has a good enough resume to listen to."

And Weems already is part of DeRozan's travelling party for all-star weekend along with some veteran savvy in Jarrett Jack.

"Jarrett will be there and Sonny will be there so I might mess around and use both of them," DeRozan said of incorporating some of his teammates into the contest. "Just going up throwing down dunks by yourself is so cliche now. You have to have a partner throwing some out of the stands or something like that."

First, though, DeRozan has to get past the Clippers' Eric Gordon in the Dunk-In contest, which goes at halftime of the Rookie/Sophomore game on the Friday night of all-star weekend.

How he approaches that will be pivotal if he wants to make good on his promise to win the whole thing.

"You have to come up with two dunks to beat one person and still save your good stuff for the main event," he said. "That's something I have thought about. I have to come up with two good dunks that I know I wouldn't use in the main event."

Fortunately, DeRozan has plenty of help to draw from within his own locker room.

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