2017 Dunk Contest

After high expectations, the NBA’s annual All-Star Saturday night was a total dud.  After opening with a thoroughly entertaining skills competition which Kristaps Porzingis won, the three point contest was sufficiently boring enough to where I thought of changing the channel until the dunk contest was on.  The highlight of the night was raising money for the Sager Foundation, where DJ Khaled actually made a shot and Steph Curry didn’t. (OK, this one’s a little bit of a cheap shot considering Steph was put on the spot like that and that he was shooting from half court, but really? We have seen it all now. )  Finally, after the presentation to the Sager Foundation, it was time for the night’s marquee event.  Yet, this year’s dunk contest left much to be desired

I will admit, there was one moment where I was almost shocked.  That came on Aaron Gordon’s first attempt, where he tried to go between the legs after catching the ball dropped from the drone.  Though he missed it, and took three more tries to actually finish it, the thought of him doing it got my mind back to last year’s contest where it seemed like anything was possible.  It was, then, difficult to watch him miss this dunk three times, convert the fourth, and then not even finish on his second dunk of the round, only to go home without properly getting to display what he had.  This can be attributed to his injury, so credit to Gordon for showing up where other people may not have, but it definitely hindered his performance and let us all down.

DeAndre Jordan, to almost nobody’s surprise, did not do all that great.  I think this proves we shouldn’t have big guys in the dunk contest, simply because they just can’t compete against players who can really fly.  He did dunk over DJ Khaled at a DJ table, which was the highlight of the first round.  However, the dunk was nothing special at all and DJ was booted after the first round.

To be fair, there was absolutely no way it would have ever lived up to last year’s showdown. The competition last year was one for the ages, and moving forward it’s difficult not to compare this year’s contest to that one.  However, trying it see it as objectively as possible, 2017’s contest plainly sucked.  How many times did either Glen Robinson III or Derrick Jones Jr. attempt a dunk where they tried to jump over at least one person?  Too many to count.  The worse part is is that Jones failed to convert a few times, and Robinson was in a position to lose even though he made all of his dunks.  Speaking of Derrick Jones Jr., he did not impress like everyone thought he might.  He has only played 20 minutes in 7 NBA games, so nerves definitely could have been a factor.  Even if he didn’t leave the dunk contest making everyone think he is the best thing since sliced bread, he did show that he was there to compete, and should he get the chance next year I really think he’ll bring it.  His shoes- all gold Supreme x Nike Air Uptempos- were certainly the winner of the night.  Sorry Glen Robinson III.

The best dunk of the night belonged to Robinson- the 360 between the legs dab.  However, it was nothing we hadn’t seen before, just arranged differently.  Robinson’s other three dunks were dunks over people, which isn’t anything new by any means.   The first and last were virtually the same, and the only way the third one was different was because Robinson windmilled it.  Credit to Robinson, he didn’t miss any dunks, and the dunks he made were clean.  Yet, this year’s dunk contest was disappointing.  Hopefully tonight’s All-Star game will make up for it.

 

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