DeRozan the King of Dunk?

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Vince Carter thrilled both peripheral and hard-core hoops fan with his jaw-dropping, rim-rocking dunk display during NBA all-star weekend a decade ago.

Ten years later, DeMar DeRozan plans on reliving the thrill of the flush by incorporating Michael Jackson's Thriller into Friday's dunk-in in Dallas.

According to entertainment website TMZ, the explosive Raptors rookie will weave elements of M.J.'s iconic tune into his high-wire extravaganza.

At stake is the fourth and final spot in Saturday's main dunk-off that is scheduled to feature two-time champ Nate (look at me, ain't I great) Robinson, Gerald Wallace and Shannon Brown.

Friday's foe for DeRozan is Eric Gordon. Each will be given two dunks to advance into Saturday's showdown.

'MY DREAM'

"This has been a part of my NBA dream for a while,'' DeRozan wrote in his blog on raptors.com.

"I grew up watching dunk contests, especially during all-star weekend, and it's probably the thing people most look forward to. Just to be a part of that, being on the main stage with three other guys, with the whole country watching. It's exciting and you couldn't ask for anything more.

"I have to say the Vince Carter year was my favourite dunk contest. He really showed something different in that dunk contest and put it back on the map. That twisting windmill 360 on his first dunk? That was the first time anybody had ever seen anything like that. Gotta make a statement on that first one!"


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