New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards are among four players who turned down invitations to participate in the Slam Dunk competition at the All-Star Game, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Georgia product Edwards, who the T-Wolves chose first overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, likely would have participated in the Rising Stars game if the league hadn't canceled the contest.
Edwards has established a reputation as one of the league's most dynamic dunkers. One of the first-year guard's most notable curtain-raising efforts was a robust right-handed slam on Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe.
Like Edwards, Williamson is considered among the NBA's best dunkers. Despite reportedly declining the Slam Dunk invitation, the second-year pro will be at the March 7 event in Atlanta after he was named a Western Conference reserve last Tuesday.
Brown, who is not known for his aerial prowess, was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, marking his first All-Star Game selection.
Indiana Pacers rookie Cassius Stanley, Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, and first-year New York Knicks high-flyer Obi Toppin have all reportedly agreed to compete in the Slam Dunk competition. The contest is scheduled to take place at halftime of the All-Star Game.