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03/02/2013 02:41 pm ET

Best NBA Dunker Bracket: LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried Battle For Top 2013 Spot

As LeBron James has been making abundantly clear during his pre-game jam sessions, the best dunkers in the NBA are not competing in annual Slam Dunk Contest. After unknown and lightly used Toronto Raptors rookie Terrence Ross captured the 2013 edition of the All-Star Weekend staple, James, Kevin Durant and the headliners threw down a series of dunks during the All-Star Game that didn't need props to make jaws drop.

Like most NBA fans, Magic Johnson is eager to see James finally take his acrobatic routine to the Dunk Contest. Unlike most fans, Magic can offer $1 million to the winner.

Perhaps such a big prize will bring the game's best dunkers back to contest. Until James, Blake griffin and Kevin Durant take the bait, fans will just have to make do with this bracket pitting eight of the most impressive In-game dunkers in the game.

Needless to say, there are plenty of worthy competitors left out of this field (Paul George, Demar Derozan prominent among them). This group also favors forwards and guards over centers. Rounding out the group in the No. 8 spot and representing the rest of the high flyers in a round one matchup with James is one of the games true wild cards, J.R. Smith.

Let the voting begin.

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