(Feb. 15) -- Welcome to All-Star 2019.
The festivities officially kick off Friday, but Thursday night's action offered a quick glimpse of the hoopla descending on the Queen City. Terrence Ross, the 2013 dunk contest winner, won't be competing this year, but his reverse slam against the Hornets pretty much opened the doors to the NBA's biggest party.
Speaking of the Hornets, we'd like to wish Hornets rookie and Dunk HQ alum Miles Bridges and all of the contestants in the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk good luck as they look to put on a highlight-filled Saturday night show. Will the homecourt advantage work in Bridges' favor? We'll find out this weekend.
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3. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans | Oct. 26 vs. Nets
Just as Nets big man Jarrett Allen was letting us know that he's here, Anthony Davis reminds us that he's been doing this highlight thing for a while now. This thunderous poster also gives us the opportunity to introduce the Dunk HQ's "DJ Crew". The "Don't Jump Crew" is an exclusive club made up of players, like Davis, that defenders should avoid jumping with at all costs, lest something like this Brow Bomb should occur.
4. Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic | Feb. 14 vs. Hornets
Ross jumps back into the spotlight with a reverse slam reminiscent of one of Kobe Bryant's highlight jams. Not a bad way to get fans ready for this year's All-Star dunk battle.
5. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls | Nov. 12 vs. Mavs
The takeoff mark on this windmill may not mirror his out-of-this-world feat from 2016, but it's definitely nothing to brush off, either. Do yourselves a favor and watch this in slow-mo for a perfect representation of poetry in motion.
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks | Jan. 1 vs. Pistons
The "DJ Crew" has a new member.
7. Derrick Jones, Jr., Miami Heat | Oct. 20 vs. Hornets
If you're an "NBA 2K19" gamer, you're probably familiar with the trampolines in the cages. We could be wrong, but we don't think American Airlines Arena has any of those built into their floor. Not that Derrick Jones, Jr. needs one or anything like that.
8. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz | Nov. 7 vs. Mavs
Looks like Mitchell needs to find some space on his man cave wall ...
10. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls | Nov. 10 vs. Cavs
Does it look like a torn ACL had any long-term effects on LaVine? It sure looks like he still has the bounce.
Dropping out: De'Aaron Fox, Allonzo Trier, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Al-Farouq Aminu, Domantas Sabonis, Sabonis Part II, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Victor Oladipo, Lonzo Ball, Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss