On Saturday night in Houston, Terrence Ross will take part in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, following in the footsteps of Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Jamario Moon and DeMar DeRozan. The six-man field (yes, six contestants, just like the year Vince won it) also features defending champion Jeremy Evans and past champion Gerald Green, along with high-flyer James White, Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and Denver’s “Manimal,” Kenneth Faried.

The impressive list of contestants provides a glimmer of hope that the dunk contest can be restored to past glory, with the men in question hopefully leaving us in awe over the dunks themselves, not what props they used to make the dunk more flash than substance.

I’m not happy with the format this year, as one contestant from each Conference will advance to the final. Basically, if Ross and White or Ross and Green have the two highest scores after the first round of two dunks, only one will make the final to accommodate the highest point total from the West between Evans, Bledsoe and Faried.

Also a reminder that as like in the previous few years, the final round will be decided by fan voting. Voting can be done via text messages, the All-Star mobile app, NBA.com and even twitter and will open at the beginning of the final round, so if T-Ross advances to the final, you know what to do.

Random thought, but I wonder who Drake will be rooting/voting for…

On another random note, I maintain that my ideal fantasy for Saturday night would be Ross throwing down some variation of a Vince dunk while rocking the old purple and black No. 15 jersey that Carter won the 2000 dunk contest in. At the end of the day though, I’ll take a good showing from Terrence that raises his profile and the team’s even a little more. Most importantly, here’s hoping that Ross can raise some serious money and awareness for the #dunkcancer campaign, as it’s obviously a great initiative and a heck of a lot more important than anything that happens on the court this weekend.

To get you fired up for Saturday’s festivities, here’s a reminder of every Raptors-related moment in dunk contest history (I posted the same videos last year at this time with a bit of commentary on each Raptors contestant, if you wanted to check that out).

Without further ado, from Air Canada to Heir Canada…