MIAMI – The Miami Heat's resident windmill artist is heading to the NBA's annual dunking marathon.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk contest.
Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has accepted an invitation to the NBA Slam Dunk contest at All-Star weekend in Chicago, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Jones — a key rotation player for Miami — joins Lakers' Dwight Howard as dunk contest commitments.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2020
The event will be held during All-Star Weekend in Chicago on Feb. 15-16.
Jones joins Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard as the only contestants, so far.
The last time a Miami Heat player competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest was Harold Miner, who won the event in 1995. The only other past Heat participant is Billy Thompson, in 1989.
Miner also slammed for Miami in the 1993 Dunk Contest, which he also won.