Mitchell won the competition last year.
"I just wanted to be able to be ready mentally and physically for my team," he said about his decision to sit out the contest.
Donovan Mitchell called the decision "tough" to not defend his Slam Dunk title in Charlotte but said he was really tired after last year and struggled to catch up on rest afterward. "I just wanted to be able to be ready mentally and physically for my team," he said. pic.twitter.com/LgDLEl3SZV- Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) January 18, 2019
Mitchell and the Jazz advanced to the second of the playoffs last season. They entered Friday's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a record of 25-21 and tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the Western Conference.