Indiana Pacers guard Paul George faces long odds of winning the NBA All-Star Sprite Slam Dunk Competition thanks to the new rules utilizing fan voting to determine the winner. Considering Iman Shumpert is representing the New York Knicks and also legally required to include Jeremy Lin the contest isn't exactly working with a level playing field.
Shumpert could execute a few fundamental jump-stop layups and win running away, but that doesn't mean Paul George can't capture the attention of NBA fans world wide by executing an impressive array of dunks regardless of the final voting tally.
According to the oddsmakers at Bovada, PG is listed at 2 to 1 odds to win the dunk contest with Shumpert just ahead at 3 to 2. Not bad considering the circumstances. As for the Foot Locker Three Point Contest, New Jersey Nets guard Anthony Morrow is the early favorite to torch the nets for the title at 5 to 2 odds.
Here are the odds for both events:
Odds to win the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition
Iman Shumpert (NYK) 3/2
Paul George (IND) 2/1
Derrick Williams (MIN) 3/1
Chase Budinger (HOU) 5/1
Odds to win the 2012 Foot Locker Three Point Contest
Anthony Morrow (NYJ) 5/2
James Jones (MIA) 3/1
Ryan Anderson (ORL) 3/1
Joe Johnson (ATL) 6/1
Kevin Love (MIN) 6/1
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 6/1