Pacers' Victor Oladipo, Magic's Aaron Gordon back in dunk contest

Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., whose father won the inaugural Slam Dunk competition in 1984, joins the field for this year's dunk contest, along with Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon and Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr.

The competition, part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend, is Feb. 17 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Oladipo is competing in his second Slam Dunk competition, having finished second to Bulls guard Zach LaVine in 2015. Last season, Oladipo won the Dunk of the Year in voting by fans for the inaugural NBA Awards.

Gordon is making his third appearance. He was runner-up to LaVine in 2016 and put on a show, garnering three perfect scores during the competition.

Nance is attempting to become the Lakers' first Slam Dunk winner since Kobe Bryant in 1997, and he'll be doing it on his home court.

Nance's father, All-Star Larry Nance, beat Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving in the final round of the 1984 contest, besting Dr. J by cradling the ball for a one-handed dunk to clinch the championship. He said he entered the contest because there was a $10,000 prize and he wanted to buy a Camaro.

The dunk competition is a two-round event, and players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk. Five judges score the dunks on a scale of 6 to 10.

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon will return to defend his title in the All-Star Weekend's 3-point contest.

Gordon will face a field of some of the best shooters in the game: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and LA Clippers forward Tobias Harris.