According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Charlotte Hornets rookie Miles Bridges will be in the dunk contest as part of NBA All Star Weekend.
Charlotte Hornets rookie Miles Bridges plans to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest at All Star Weekend, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 18, 2019
It’s only surprising so far as it’s rare to see Hornets players not named Kemba Walker get any national recognition. But Bridges is certainly a qualified candidate. Case in points:
1. This DUNK from Miles Bridges— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 7, 2018
2. The reaction from Kemba
3. The nod to Vince Carter with the "rev 'em up" celebration ... against VC and the Hawks #Hornets30 pic.twitter.com/DnuelnxfOa
Miles Bridges is set to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. (Haynes) pic.twitter.com/kBzkt7f9K3— LastWordHoops (@LastWordHoops) January 18, 2019
GET THIS MAN IN THE #NBA DUNK CONTEST!— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 5, 2019
Miles Bridges around the for the JAM! pic.twitter.com/UhxnTX1Muf
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 18, 2019
MILES BRIDGES RIPS IT DOWN! pic.twitter.com/ps7uvd15Yp
You get the idea.
Early indications are that he’ll compete against John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat. I assume there’s one more name coming, because there are always four contestants in the event.
Being told that John Collins and Derrick Jones Jr are also expected to be in the 2019 NBA All Star Dunk Contest, per sources. Adding to Miles Bridges (@ChrisBHaynes first to report Bridges).https://t.co/dbfoN5vQeL— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) January 18, 2019
Bridges has a very real chance to win the contest. He’s more power than finesse, but there’s something about a man that size soaring through the air that’s dumbfounding. I’ve said it before, no NBA player makes me laugh at the absurdity of their physical feats more than Miles Bridges does. I’m excited to see what he can do with the world watching.