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Report: Pelicans star Zion Williamson makes final decision on 2021 Slam Dunk Contest

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Zion Williamson will be headed to Atlanta to participate in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. He will not, however, be one of the contestants in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports Williamson has declined to participate in the competition.

Williamson left the door ajar when asked last week whether he would be participating:

“Who knows? That’s all I can say,” Zion Williamson said, via Jim Eichenhofer. “Who knows? I might. You never know.”

However, it appears Zion has since decided he will not be involved.

Zion Williamson’s dunk shows practically defined his prep career. He became a viral YouTube sensation for his high-flying exploits, which continued during his lone season at Duke and have remained apparent during his young NBA career.

The Dunk Contest will be lacking in star power this season. Just three players have accepted the invitation to participate: Obi Toppin, Cassius Stanley and Anfernee Simons. All of them have exceptional bounce, with Toppin and Stanley in particular putting on dunking clinics while at Dayton and Duke, respectively.

But the NBA has had a hard time getting bigger names involved. Aside from Williamson, 2020 No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards declined his invitation. Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown also turned it down, as did former Dunk Contest participant Miles Bridges.

Perhaps there was some hope Williamson would toss his hat into the ring given he will already be playing in the All-Star Game. Basketball fans very well might see some highlight-reel dunks from Zion Williamson in Atlanta, but they will not be featured in the Dunk Contest.