The 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest had some nice buzz because of a stacked field that was set to compete in Los Angeles on All-Star Saturday Night. Aaron Gordon, Dennis Smith Jr., Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jr. made for an intriguing roster of young stars with lots of bounce and there was optimism in the air that the dunk contest would produce fireworks.

Unfortunately, the headliner of that list will have to pull out of this year’s contest due to a hip flexor injury. Gordon will miss his fourth consecutive game on Monday night in Miami due to the injury and the Magic announced that it would also keep him out of the dunk contest in two weeks.