Toscano-Anderson embraces the competition in the Slam Dunk Contest

Juan Toscano-Anderson may not be the favorite to win the NBA Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend, but the Golden State Warriors guard will be looking to have some fun at the annual event.

If he can surprise some people along the way, that would be good too.

Toscano-Anderson will face Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green, New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin and Orlando Magic goaltender Cole Anthony on Saturday. Toscano-Anderson enters the competition with the lowest odds of winning, according to most sportsbooks.

Green is seen by most as the favorite to win the event, which Toscano-Anderson understands given his elite athleticism. Toscano-Anderson, 28, is the oldest competitor in the event, so he’ll be looking to dig deep into his bag of tricks to win.

I think the Dunk Contest is just a combination of athleticism, creativity, showmanship and all that. I’ll just try to put it all together. I know someone like Jalen Green who is very explosive, extremely athletic. He’s probably the favorite, and if I was a spectator, I’d probably choose him as the favorite too. The Dunk Contest is a combination of a lot of things, so I’m not really going to stray away from that athletic part. I know these kids are a bit sportier than me, but I’ll try to find some stuff and have fun with it.

Toscano-Anderson, a native of Oakland, grew up watching Warriors legend Jason Richardson win the event twice in 2002 and 2003. He was thrilled to learn that the NBA wanted him to participate this year. In fact, he even thought his agent was joking with him when asked about it.

The Warriors guard didn’t reveal his game plan, but hinted that fans might feel some nostalgia watching the event. He is certainly looking to dazzle on Saturday with his creativity, and could very well walk away as the winner.

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