Lakers News: Larry Nance Jr. Named 2018 Slam Dunk Contest Participant
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After months of speculation, Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. was named among the four participants for the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest. The competition will take place on Feb. 17 at Staples Center during NBA All-Star Weekend.

With Nance officially in the fold, he receives a unique advantage in that he’ll be able to showcase his talents in front of the home crowd Lakers fans. Joining Nance in the contest are the Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr., Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.

Defending Slam Dunk Contest champion Glenn Robinson III suffered an ankle injury during training camp and just returned to the court on Thursday, playing for the Pacers’ G League affiliate.

Nance intended on participating in last year’s Slam Dunk Contest, but an injury derailed any possibility of doing so. Healthy again, the opportunity this time around — especially considering that the event will be held in Los Angeles — was too great to pass up.

Nance reaffirmed his interest in finally taking part in the event during a recent appearance on the Lakers Nation podcast. Known as one of the league’s most prolific dunkers, he’ll finally get a chance to further prove that notion in front of a national audience.

Prior to Nance, the Lakers were represented just four times in the Slam Dunk Contest. The group consisted of Michael Cooper, Antonio Harvey, Kobe Bryant and Shannon Brown. Of the quartet, only Bryant won the contest — Most notably doing so as a rookie during the 1996-97 season.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERSNATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Larry Nance Jr. Focused On Improving Defense, Three-Point Shooting

Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have worked hard to improve their game steadily while adjusting to head coach Luke Walton’s newly implemented system…

Kevin Ollie On Kevin Durant’s Future: ‘Oklahoma City Is Something Dear To His Heart’

Once the 2015-16 NBA season officially comes to an end for all 30 teams in the league, all eyes will be on superstar Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder…

Lakers History: Kobe Bryant’s NBA Injuries Over The Years

(Originally published on March 13, 2014) The Lakers officially announced on Wednesday…

Lakers News: Dwyane Wade Leaves Door Open On Playing One More Season With LeBron James

For the first time since the 2003-04 NBA season, the league and fans will be without Dwyane Wade, who unfortunately…