Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, six inches shorter than the next-shortest contestant, will take the floor Saturday night at the NBA Dunk Contest as one of the six contestants (and one of three representing the Western Conference).
Bledsoe, a third-year player listed at 6'1 and 195 pounds, is participating in his first Dunk Contest. He, like the other five contestants, are guaranteed two dunks before the first round of cuts. According to Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez, Bledsoe has it planned out.
"I know my first two dunks," (Bledsoe) said, "but I can't tell you. You'll just have to see."
The other two contestants from the Western Conference are the Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans, who is the competition's defending champion, and Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried. Faried was named MVP of Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, scoring 40 points and putting his dunking skills on display in a preview to Saturday.
The Dunk Contest is the fourth event of TNT's NBA All-Star Saturday broadcast. The events begin at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Shooting Stars event. The skills challenge and 3-Point Contest follow, and the Dunk Contest will begin immediately thereafter.