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Rubio helping Williams after practice
The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting more and more involved in the All-Star Weekend. Last year, it was just Kevin Love as an All-Star. This year: Love is an all-star once again, he'll participate in the Three-Point Contest, Rubio & Williams are going to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge...and now Derrick Williams has been chosen to be part of the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest!
"I'm excited. Being a part of this...everyone can see my athletic ability," Williams said. "I found out this morning. It's a real honor...Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter...I grew up watching those guys!"
The Dunk Contest takes place the day before the All-Star game: February 25th.
Last season's winner was Blake Griffin after he "jumped over a car". Griffin declined to participate this season, though. In addition to Williams, there are three other participants this season: Houston's Chase Budinger, Indiana's Paul George & fellow rookie New York's Iman Shumpert.
Williams isn't the first Timberwolf to take part in the Slam Dunk Contest. Former Wolves to partake: Gerald Green, Chris Carr, Doug West & J.R. Rider (Rider won in 1994).
Derrick Williams says Ricky Rubio will be helping him prepare for the contest. "Hopefully Ricky can help out. It's a fan vote, everyone likes Ricky!"
Derrick Williams has attempted 20 dunks this season and made 18 of them!
Need validation for Williams being in the dunk contest? Watch this...
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