Donovan Mitchell replacing Aaron Gordon in NBA Dunk Contest

The Utah Jazz rookie replaces the Orlando Magic forward who's chosen to withdraw from the dunk contest to heal from a hip flexor injury.

Kahron Spearman

Adrian Wojnarowski of reports that explosive Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell will replace Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star weekend. 

Gordon will miss Monday's game against the Miami Heat with a strained left hip flexor and elected to drop out of the dunk contest to heal. 

[It] bears repeating that Mitchell the 13th overall pick out of Louisville in the 2017 NBA Draft, who has inserted himself into the Rookie of the Year race by proving to be a top-flight scorer and emerging playmaker for a Utah Jazz team thats weathered offseason defections and myriad injuries to stay within hailing distance of a playoff spot in the Western Conference is a very, very good choice to step into Gordons shoes.

Dan Devine
Writer, Yahoo! SportsD

The rookie of the year candidate will match up with guard Victor Oladipo, who finished second to LaVine in 2015; rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks; and Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers

Larry Nance Sr. won the league's first contest in 1984, over the likes of Julius Erving and Dominique Wilkins, with a set of ridiculous windmill dunks.