Eric Bledsoe will be in slam dunk contest

MIAMI -- Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe will be in the 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which will feature six dunkers competing in a two-round competition as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night, the league announced Thursday.

The new format will pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a competition that will also raise money for charity. The Western Conference will be represented by the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried and Bledsoe. The Eastern Conference lineup will include the Indiana Pacers’ Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross and New York Knicks’ James White.

The 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk contest will consist of the three Eastern Conference players competing against the three from the Western Conference in a two-round competition. The highest-scoring East competitor and the highest-scoring West competitor from the Team Round will compete head-to-head to determine the champion. Fan voting will open at the beginning of the championship round, and the player with the highest percentage of combined votes from all platforms will be champion.