Donovan Mitchell replaces Aaron Gordon in Slam Dunk contest

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The Orlando Magic are reportedly pondering another reset on their franchise and with that news, reports have leaked out that the Magic are exploring the possibility of trading their 6-foot-9, rim-rattling forward Aaron Gordon.

Mitchell, 21, is averaging 19.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game for Utah.

This season, Mitchell has exploded onto the scene and into the NBA's Rookie of the Year conversation. He's had 11 20-points games, four 30-point games and two 40-point games, including a career-best 41-point night on October 24 against Brooklyn. He eventually got over that injury in time to compete in the dunk contest. He was the runner-up to Zach LaVine in 2016, a performance that included three straight flawless scores of 50. In 2017 he was eliminated in the first round. Gordon showed in 2016 that he has some of the most creative ideas, and was surely ready to break out some incredible stuff in this season's contest.

Gordon was set to face the Pacers' Victor Oladipo, the Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. and the Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. But with an appearance in the Rising Stars game on Friday, all-star weekend will definitely be a busy few days for the star rookie. There is a long, storied history of big men performances in the dunk contest - and nearly all of them are less-than-optimal viewing for the basketball-loving public.

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"Hopefully, I get invited", Mitchell said smirking.

The only Jazz player to win the dunk contest is Jeremy Evans, who did it in 2012.

In addition to the Dunk Contest, which will close out the festivities on Saturday, February 17th, fans will also see the 3-Point contest as well as the Skills Challenge.

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