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Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. enters NBA Slam Dunk contest

All season Dallas Mavericks fans and media have described rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. as explosive.

They’ll get to see a lot more explosion when Smith participates in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Staples Center as part of NBA All-Star Weekend.

The event will be shown live on TNT.

Smith, who has 26 dunks this season, will be joined in the contest by Victor Oladipo of Indiana, Aaron Gordon of Orlando and Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 6-foot-3 Smith will be the third player in Mavericks history to compete in the slam dunk contest, joining Tony Dumas and Michael Finley. Finley finished third in 1997. Dumas failed to get out of the first round in 1995.

In the two-round event, participants can perform any dunk they choose. The players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round. Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.

After the four competitors get two dunks in the first round, the two players with the highest combined scores advance to the head-to-head final round. The previous scores do not carry over in the final.

Smith, who will also play in the 2018 Rising Stars game on Friday, Feb. 16, is averaging 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 28.9 minutes per game in 44 games.

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