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Aaron Best to participate in G League Dunk Contest


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Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best will participate in the 2018 G League Dunk Contest, Raptors Republic has learned.

UPDATE: The 905 have confirmed it.


This will make it three consecutive years that the 905 have had a participant in the event. They acquired eventual champion John Jordan just prior to hosting the All-Star festivities in 2016, and Jordan unsuccessfully defended his title a year ago. Best will look to bring the championship back to Mississauga, armed with unparalleled bounce and an array of warmup dunks that only begin to tease what the Ryerson product is capable of.

He’s also soared with ease on several occasions in transition and skied for alley-oops, often from former USports export Kaza Keane.

Best is averaging 7.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the 905, starting 29 of 35 games as one of the team’s best perimeter defenders, and hitting 35.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. He’s basically a Daryl Morey vision come to life, if he can start finishing in the paint outside of the dunks.

The G League has not announced when their dunk contest will take place, but at halftime of Sunday afternoon’s international exhibition between G Leaguers and the Mexico national team would make sense (the dunk contest took place at halftime of the G League All-Star Game in recent years).