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Report: Ben McLemore invited to participate in NBA All-Star Game dunk contest

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 3:12 pm

The Kings may be sending a representative to All-Star Weekend after all.

Despite having no players named to rosters for the Feb. 16 All-Star game or the Rising Stars Challenge featuring first- and second-year players, reports surfacing today indicate rookie Ben McLemore will be part of the six-man field in this year's dunk contest.

ESPN is reporting that McLemore will take part in the contest that will also feature All-Star selections Paul George of the Pacers, John Wall of the Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers. The participants are scheduled to be officially announced later today.

McLemore, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard out of Kansas, would arguably be the least-known member of the dunk contest field. The rookie has appeared in 49 games for the Kings, starting 26 of them, and averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23.4 minutes.

McLemore would be the first Kings player to participate in the dunk contest since Gerald Wallace in 2002. Back in January, he garnered some attention from Shaquille O'Neal for a one-handed dunk in pre-game warm-ups.

O'Neal linked to video of the dunk on his Twitter account and wrote that McLemore "deserves a look for the @NBAAllStar Slam Dunk Contest. Kids got crazy hops."

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