Why can't the Dunk Contest just be good again?

2/18/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Another NBA Slam Dunk Contest came and went this past weekend, and this one may have been the worst of recent history. The dunks, for the most part, lacked creativity. There were more missed dunks than I ever remember. Only one starting player was even in the contest (Kenneth Faried). The participants included two players who rarely get in games (James White, Jeremy Evans), two players who play under 20 minutes per game (Gerald Green, Terrence Ross), and a backup point guard (Eric Bledsoe). You would think that players with limited roles would get excited to make a name for themselves in the national spotlight, but that didn't seem to be the case.
Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard James White attempts a dunk during the 2013 NBA all star slam dunk contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
James "Flight" White brought out an entire flight crew for his first dunk, sparking some interest, but the dunk itself was underwhelming and took him several tries before he made it. For the rest of the contest, White relied strictly on his outrageous leaping ability to earn points, rather than trying to do something new and original.

Gerald Green tried to get creative by cutting the net off and causing a ton of hype, but he - like the other contestants - couldn't get his dunk on the first try... or the second... or the third... or the seventh.

Kenneth Faried made a very difficult off-the-backboard 360 dunk, but he just isn't a player with a ton of flair, which made the dunk appear underwhelming. If LeBron had done the same thing, but LeBron-style, it probably would have brought the house down.

Jeremy Evans dunked two basketballs, which was pretty impressive. However, I've already seen someone do that. I've also seen someone dunk two basketballs in two hoops at once, and dunk three basketballs at once.

I'm a huge Eric Bledsoe fan, and his windmill reverse was sweet, but shouldn't have been one of the highlights of the night.

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (right) reacts after receiving the slam dunk contest trophy from television/radio personality Nick Cannon during the 2013 NBA all star slam dunk contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsTerrence Ross gave us some good slams, and definitely deserved to win (which he did), but he would have been an afterthought in some of the Dunk Contests over the past fifteen years.

The Dunk Contest has not been good since 2011 when Blake Griffin jumped over a car. I think that Dunk Contest was backed by some conspiracy. Griffin didn't deserve to win. He didn't even deserve to make it to the second round. But hey - they already had a car ready to bring on to the court. That was the demise of the Dunk Contest.
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2/19/13   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

I blame James White for this year. He had the potential to make it an epic dunk contest, and he completely whiffed. He's on of the greatest dunkers of all time, and totally screwed it up.

2/19/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

dunk contest today isn't the same dunk contest anymore.