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NBA All-Star Game 2012: Blake Griffin one of four L.A.starters; will not enter dunk contest

Blake Griffin will not defend his slam dunk contest title. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Griffin was voted as a first-time starter to the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, but the second-year Los Angeles Clippers forward will not be defending his slam dunk contest title.

“As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday. “Those dunk contests aren’t my thing, I said that last year. There’s a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff.”

Well, there’s certainly something to be said for going out on top.

Someone else will have to jump the Kia this year. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers were also voted in as starters along with Clippers point guard Chris Paul. The lone non-L.A. representative in the West’s starting lineup will be Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

The East team features Miami Heat duo LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, reigning MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who was the leading vote-getter with 1.6 million.

If those lineups look familiar, they are. The only change in the East’s starting lineup is Anthony — who started for the West last season — taking the place of teammates Amar’e Stoudemire. In the West, Griffin takes over the void left by Anthony’s conference switch and Bynum replaces retired eight-time All-Star Yao Ming.

Who should fill out the benches for these two squads? Or, perhaps more importantly, who do you want to see competing in the slam dunk contest this year?

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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