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Chase Budinger Added To NBA All-Star Dunk Contest

The Rockets' big man will be among those participating (including yes, a guy named Lin) in the dunk contest.

The Houston Rockets' Chase Budinger will be among those participating in the NBA All-Star Dunk contest, as part of NBA's All-Star Weekend in Orlando next weekend, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:

Sources with knowledge of the league's plans told ESPN.com that Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert -- one of four dunk-contest entrants alongside Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams -- will be enlisting Lin to "assist" him in a manner similar to the help 2011 champion Blake Griffin got from then-Los Angeles Clippers teammate Baron Davis.

The third-year forward out of Arizona is averaging 8.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season for the Rockets. Check out a possible preview of his competitive dunks with this highlight reel from the NBA's official site.

For more on Chase Budinger and the Houston Rockets, check out The Dream Shake. For news and notes from around the NBA, head on over to SB Nation's NBA page.

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