Warriors' Barnes to compete in dunk contest

Warriors' Barnes to compete in dunk contest
February 6, 2014, 11:30 am

Harrison Barnes is averaging 0.8 more points and 4.3 more minutes per game in his second season. (USATSI)

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Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will be one of the six players invited to participate in the dunk contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Though the official announcement is scheduled for Thursday night, Barnes' inclusion was confirmed by NBA sources.

He will be the first Warrior in the event since Jason Richardson won back-to-back dunk contests in 2002 and 2003.

Barnes will be joined by five others: Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Pacers guard Paul George, Wizards guard John Wall, Raptors guard Terrence Ross (the defending champion) and rookie Kings guard Ben McLemore.

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Three of those players -- Lillard, George and Wall -- also were selected to play in the All-Star game, the final event scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 14-16. The slam dunk contest takes place on Saturday Feb. 15.

Barnes, in his second season, already had been selected for the Rising Stars Challenge game featuring NBA rookies and sophomores on Friday night, Feb. 14.

Barnes this season is averaging 10.0 points on 40.6 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds, mostly as the first player off the Warriors bench. He was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Warriors in 2012, after spending two seasons at North Carolina.

 

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