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Thunder: Hamidou Diallo will not defend Slam Dunk title

Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo will not defend his 2019 Slam Dunk Contest title. 

The NBA released a list of participants Tuesday for the Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge and 3-point Contest. The three events will comprise All-Star Saturday in Chicago on Feb. 15. 

Diallo said he would "100 percent" defend his title if healthy. Diallo missed 17 games due to a right elbow injury from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29. 

"I'm pretty much invited as long as everything goes smooth," Diallo said in mid January. 

Diallo won the dunk contest as a 20-year-old rookie. 

Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will represent the Thunder at All-Star weekend. Paul will play in his 10th All-Star game. Gilgeous-Alexander will play for the World Team in the Rising Stars game. 

Here's a list of participants for the All-Star Saturday events: 

Slam Dunk Contest: Pat Connaughton (Bucks), Aaron Gordon (Magic), Dwight Howard (Lakers), Derrick Jones Jr. (Heat) 

3-point Contest: Davis Bertans (Wizards), Devonte' Graham (Hornets), Joe Harris (Nets), Buddy Hield (Kings), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Duncan Robinson (Heat), Trae Young (Hawks)

Skills Challenge: Bam Adebayo (Heat), Patrick Beverley (Clippers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Derrick Rose (Pistons), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers), Pascal Siakam (Raptors), Jayson Tatum (Celtics) 

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Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) dunks the ball beside New Orleans' Nicolo Melli (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) dunks the ball beside New Orleans' Nicolo Melli (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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