With the dunk contest coming up, rookie participant Dennis Smith Jr. got a little extra motivation from one of the greatest to ever appear in the event:
Dennis Smith Jr. says Vince Carter told him to “go out and win it” before the dunk contest All-Star Weekend. Carter’s nod meant a lot to the rookie. Smith Jr. says he has a dunk he’s never done before that he’ll break out that night.
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) February 5, 2018
Carter put on an incredible show back in 2000 when he was a youngster like DSJ:
The athletic Smith Jr. will face tough competition in Larry Nance Jr., Victor Oladipo, and Donovan Mitchell.