J.R. Smith Replaces Rudy Gay In The Dunk Contest

J.R. Smith's Replacement of Rudy Gay May Save The Dunk Contest

2/14/09 in NBA   |   arihoring1   |   41 respect

When I heard the dunk contest this year was going to be between the Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, the Magic's Dwight Howard,  the Knicks' Nate Robinson, and the Blazers' Rudy Fernandez, who was voted in by fans, I was not looking forward to the contest.

If you can even remember Rudy Gay's performance last year, you would recall how unexciting he was.

Nate Robinson and Dwight Howard have competed twice already and we have pretty much seen all of their tricks. Nate Robinson’s second appearance in the 2007 dunk contest was awful as he clearly had nothing new.
Dwight Howard on the other hand did have some new tricks in his second appearance, but of course he had an early exit in his first contest so that wasn’t really surprising.
I'm expecting a lot of props Saturday night. When dunkers get desperate for dunks, the props start coming out. This year’s dunk contest is going to be more of a prop contest than an actual dunk contest.
However, now that  J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets has replaced Rudy Gay, he could very well make it worth watching himself.

When Smith competed in 2005,  he had one of the most underrated dunks of all time in the contest when he put the ball behind his back and dunked it.



I don't know how he got a 45 even if he missed his first attempt. If Smith had gotten past the first round, he very well could have won that contest.

J.R smith is a great dunker, but I wonder if he is entering the contest too late.  The other dunkers have been preparing for it all season and it seems as though that would put Smith at a disadvantage.

"I don't think so," Smith said said. "If you're a really good dunker, you should be able to come up with something on the fly."

According to reports, Smith has been trying to make sure he'll by ready  for the contest by consulting teammate Chris Andersen, who is notorious for his 2005 dunk contest meltdown.

I just hope this Saturday night unlike Chris Anderson, he makes sure before hand he can make the dunk he's attempting.
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2/14/09   |   snbslugger

djclemson wrote:
I would watch it live, record it and watch it everyday.

Seconded.

2/14/09   |   djclemson   |   4 respect

Pat wrote:
Or they could modify the dunk contest, and have Greg Paulus stand in the lane, and players can sit there and dunk in his face all day. It would kinda remind people of an average Duke game, but I still think it would be entertaining.

I would watch it live, record it and watch it everyday.

2/14/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

TheVille77 wrote:
Dunk contest are boring.  They were good during the 80's and early 90's.  Most of the dunks they do we have seen over and over.  I love watching dunks during games, especaily when one player dunks on another.  I think those are the best dunks.  Maybe they should just show all of the posterizing dunks from the year and rate those instead.

Or they could modify the dunk contest, and have Greg Paulus stand in the lane, and players can sit there and dunk in his face all day. It would kinda remind people of an average Duke game, but I still think it would be entertaining.

2/14/09   |   TheVille77   |   2 respect

(Edited by TheVille77)

Dunk contest are boring.  They were good during the 80's and early 90's.  Most of the dunks they do we have seen over and over.  I love watching dunks during games, especaily when one player dunks on another.  I think those are the best dunks.  Maybe they should just show all of the posterizing dunks from the year and rate those instead.

2/14/09   |   fremontguy26   |   24 respect

the dunk contest aint what it used to be. all the main people u wanna see in it dont wanna participate. which sucks casue the dunk contest is the highlight of all-star weekend.