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2013 NBA Slam Dunk contest: Eric Bledsoe to represent Clippers,West

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Blake Griffin may have won the NBA Slam Dunk contest with an epic jam when he jumped over a car in the 2011 event, but he might not even be the best dunker on his team — that distinction could go to relatively unknown reserve guard Eric Bledsoe

The dunk contest participants for the Western and Eastern Conferences were announced on Thursday’s TNT Broadcast of “Inside the NBA”, where 

Bledsoe is a high-flyer who can jump out of the gym and can hang with the likes of the Clippers’ dynamic frontcourt of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in terms of dunking ability. He plays sparingly on a deep Clippers’ squad, but he has thrived on the stat sheet and in the highlight reels when given the opportunity. 

He has the absolute attention and support of at least one of his high-profile teammates. 

“He’s a freak of nature,” said Clippers superstar and West captain Chris Paul on the TNT broadcast. “I’m excited for this opportunity for him, and I think he’s going to have a great showing. Hopefully he’ll bring that (slam dunk) championship back to L.A. with him.” 

Bledsoe was named among fellow participants Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, James White, Jeremy Evans and Kenneth Faried. The dunkers will follow a team format and be representing their respective conferences in a showdown that will eventually see either the East or the West team emerge as the all-around champion. 

 For anyone wondering just who he is and why he was selected, here is some fodder for his dunking resume: 

Yup, that was Dwyane Wade, but you want dunks, so we’ll give you dunks:

Lob City isn’t just for the bigs: 

 

So now you know about Bledsoe. These are game dunks. It’ll be a fun night to find out what he can do on the big stage.  

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.