The defending champion and three of this season's All-Stars highlight the field for the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest, which will be held Feb. 15 in New Orleans.

According to multiple media reports Thursday, Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross will defend his title against a field that features Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Washington Wizards guard John Wall.

The other participants reportedly are Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.

The list will be officially announced Thursday night on TNT, according to ESPN.com.

Ross won the event last year in Houston. George is the only other one of the six who previously participated in the Slam Dunk Contest.

A second-year player out of the University of Washington, the 6-foot-6 Ross is averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season.

George, who is 6-foot-9, is averaging 22.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Lillard, listed at 6-3, averages 20.6 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds.

Wall, who is 6-4, produces 20 points, 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

McLemore, a 6-5 rookie, is averaging 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Barnes, who is 6-8, contributes 10 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.