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December 18, 2009
Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace will compete in the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition to be held on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in Dallas. At an event at New York’s Pennsylvania Station today, artist Dan Dunn will unveil a painting depicting each player’s image on giant canvases.
Wallace will make his second appearance in the event, finishing second to former Bobcats teammate and then- Golden State Warriors guard Jason Richardson in 2002.
The 28-year-old is averaging 18.3 points (29th in the NBA) and 11.5 (T-4th in the NBA) rebounds this season, while recording 21 double-doubles and reaching double-figure scoring in 35 of 37 games. Wallace recorded the first 20-20 game of his career and fourth in Bobcats history with 24 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in the Nov. 2 win over New Jersey. He also ranks second in the NBA in minutes played (41.7) and 13th in steals (1.70).
Wallace was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 30 after averaging 25.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block. He also shot .543 from the field (25-46), .385 from beyond the three-point line (5.13) and .808 from the free-throw line (21-26) in a perfect 3-0 week with wins over Toronto, Cleveland and Washington.
Joining Wallace in the competition will be defending champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks and Shannon Brown of the L.A. Lakers. Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and L.A. Clippers guard Eric Gordon will compete in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In for the final spot in the event in a single-round slam dunk competition at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 12. Fans will be able to vote via SMS text message and at NBA.com to determine who will advance to the Sprite Slam Dunk the following night.
The two dunkers with the highest first round scores will advance to the final round. The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks will then alternate until each player has completed two. In the final round, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com. The combined results from SMS TXT voting and NBA.com will determine the champion.
The Sprite Slam Dunk and T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam are part of NBA All-Star 2010, which also includes the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In; Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout; Taco Bell Skills Challenge; Haier Shooting Stars; NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Adidas and the 59th NBA All-Star Game.
Sprite, the world’s leading lemon-lime soft drink, has been the official soft drink of the NBA since 1994 and the title partner of the All-Star Slam Dunk competition since 2003.
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