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Thanasis Antetokounmpo Assists Brother Giannis During NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Westchester Knicks' forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo turned up during NBA All-Star Saturday night to give brother Giannis an assist during the 2015 Sprite NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

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Last year, Giannis Antetokounmpo provided brother Thanasis (then playing for the Delaware 87ers) with a metaphorical assist during the NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest, allowing the minor leaguer to jump over him. See below.

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Nevertheless, it was still interesting to see Thanasis walk into the Barclays Center on Saturday night (donning his current Westchester Knicks' warm-up shirt), ready to return the favor, with his younger brother set to fly during the big league dunk contest this time.

In what appeared to be the first appearance by an NBADL-er on NBA All-Star Saturday night, Thanasis provided Giannis with an assist of the more literal kind. They even have the selfie to prove it. Take a look below.

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Such integration (and subsequent participation) of D-Leaguers, at the very least, during Saturday night's NBA festivities should be praised, but as fate would have it, our buddy and former (#NBADL) PR extraordinaire Brett Hansen has another idea. Continue reading below for that.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I&#39;ve said it before and I&#39;ll say it again. They need to include <a href="https://twitter.com/nbadleague">@nbadleague</a> players in the Shooting Stars competition! <a href="https://twitter.com/NBAAllStar">@NBAAllStar</a></p>&mdash; Brett Hansen (@BrettHansen9) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrettHansen9/status/566821391853289473">February 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Each team should consist of an <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA">@NBA</a> player, <a href="https://twitter.com/nbadleague">@nbadleague</a> player and <a href="https://twitter.com/WNBA">@WNBA</a> player. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShootingStars?src=hash">#ShootingStars</a></p>&mdash; Brett Hansen (@BrettHansen9) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrettHansen9/status/566822489393602560">February 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Adding minor leaguers is an exciting and promising idea, but inserting the "legends" into such a competition also provides fans with an unique nostalgia.