New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson Eyes Dunk Contest Entry, Sets Condition On All-Star Selection

Photo: Instagram/Zion Williamson

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson expressed his willingness to participate in a future NBA dunk contest, but with a catch – he'll only take the leap if he secures a spot in the All-Star game.

Following his impressive performance with 16 points in a decisive 139-98 victory over Toronto, Williamson emphasized, "I’ve got to do my part and make the All-Star game. If I’m in the All-Star game, I’ll do the dunk contest. If I’m not, I’m not doing it."

This declaration comes as Williamson aims for a second All-Star selection after earning the honor in 2021, only to miss the following season due to a foot injury.

Photo: Instagram/Zion Williamson 

Despite being selected again last year, he sat out the game due to a hamstring injury. The Pelicans' rising star is determined to showcase his dunking prowess on the grand stage, provided he secures the prestigious All-Star title.

G League guard Mac McClung recently defended his slam dunk title in Indianapolis, setting the stage for the anticipation surrounding Williamson's potential dunk contest entry. 

The Pelicans' forward, who demonstrated his versatility with nine assists and eight rebounds in the recent victory against the Raptors, continues to captivate fans with his athleticism and highlight-reel dunks.

Even with his own remarkable fast break dunk in Toronto, Williamson humbly acknowledged teammate Brandon Ingram's dunk at the start of the second quarter, praising Ingram's skillful crossover move that left Toronto's Jordan Nwora in the dust before a powerful one-handed slam over Jontay Porter. 

As the NBA season progresses, fans eagerly await both Williamson's potential All-Star selection and the prospect of witnessing his high-flying talents in the dunk contest. (Source: NBA)

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