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Dunk Contest Report Card: Bottom heavy

Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:16 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 1:27 am
Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Evans basically won the dunk contest with one dunk.

ORLANDO -- You know things didn't go all that well for the Dunk Contest when it was up for discussion if the Three-Point Contest was more exciting.

It started painfully slow with highly orchestrated dunks and then picked up a little momentum in the second round of dunks. But then fizzled at the end with a dead arena throwing a smattering of boos out when Jeremy Evans had his name called as the winner.

It was left up to a fan vote this season and more than three million cast their votes, and Evans gathered 29 percent. After it finished, some were looking for a fifth option: "E, none of the above." But still, let's grade it out.

Jeremy Evans' double oop Easily the dunk of the night. With Gordon Hayward sitting on a stool, he threw two basketballs up for Evans to dunk -- over the top of him. He missed the first attempt, which was to be expected with that degree of difficulty. It had the looks of the kind of dunk he'd miss five or six times and then give up on, but Evans nailed it on his second attempt, soaring over Hayward. It was good enough that despite two other fairly meh dunks, Evans won the contest.
Derrick Williams off-the-side-of-the-backboard It's been done before, but with Ricky Rubio assisting, Williams pulled off a finish with an extremely high degree of difficulty. Rubio tossed the ball off the side of the backboard and Williams pulled an inverted 360. It was impressive mostly because it looked like Williams had no shot at finishing it, but he stretched out and got it. Bonus points for the giant smile on Rubio's face too.
Paul George as a human glowstick Combining creativity with style is the way to go. And George pulled it off well. He came out wearing and all yellow Pacers uniform, but asked for the lights to be turned off. When they went down, he lit up like a glowstick. He used a quality 360 dunk, and did it in the dark.
Chase Budinger and "White Men Can't Jump"
The first dunk of the night set the tone a bit as a long intro, with Diddy, set up Budinger. Diddy said his favorite basketball movie was "White Men Can't Jump" and that's when Budinger appeared wearing a snapback hat and big t-shirt. He jumped over Diddy, which wasn't all that cool, but seeing as Budinger was, uh, different than the other contestants, it was clever.
George jumps a giant Jumping over someone in a dunk contest is a pretty played out move, but leaping a 7-2 guy is going to be impressive no matter what. George brought out teammate Roy Hibbert with the original plan being Dahntay Jones standing in front to throw a lob. After it failed twice, George just took control and went over the top.
Evans gets a delivery
I can appreciate giving a nod to your franchise's past, but the jersey tribute thing is pretty played. Evans got a special delivery from comedian Kevin Hart who was dressed as a mailman. The delivery? A jersey of The Mailman, Karl Malone. Evans put it on and dunked over Hart, who is probably 4-foot-5, or something close to it.
Williams jumps the shark True story: On Friday night I saw a motorcycle under the arena and joked to someone that it was probably a prop for this year's dunk contest. So you can imagine the surprise when it was actually rolled out for Williams to jump over. I don't think it could be said better than's John Hollinger: "Maybe they should just have an actual shark for this Derrick Williams dunk."
Budinger goes blindfolded
Paying homage to a Cedric Ceballos dunk, Budinger blindfolded himself. He sold it pretty well faking the first attempt with a horrible miss and then had the crowd count his steps on the second try. He ended up making a reserve two-handed dunk but we'll never know if he was actually blind. And it definitely didn't make anyone say "OOOHHH!!!" which is kind of what you need.
Budinger's average windmill
New rule: You shouldn't use a pregame warmup dunk in the dunk contest. The slow motion replay made it look a little bit better, but it was still a pretty average finish. And he missed it on the first two tries.
George uses a sticket of Larry Bird The sticker schtick isn't new, and it's bad when you have to have extra stickers on hand. Because George missed his dunk using a sticker of Larry Bird's face five times. He had a backup sticker, but after that, he just started slapping the backboard. Degree of difficultly was high and the dunk itself was impressive, but mulitple misses plus the sticker thing were bad.
Williams' miss-it-a-lot dunk Nothing is worse than someone missing a dunk over and over and over. Williams ended up going 1-for-8 with an off-the-backboard between-the-legs attempt and with each miss, it got exponentially more awkward. But the end, he just gave up on it as the clock started ticking down.
Evans first person point of view dunk Oh my. Gimmick dunks can work, but that one was just a bad idea from the start. It required a replay to be appreciated and the dunk itself was something you wouldn't even take notice of in a game. You knew it was sad when Evans tried to pull himself up on the rim to make it look better. Tell-tale sign a dunk was lame.

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Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:37 am
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Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:09 am

Dunk Contest Report Card: Bottom heavy

paul george as a human glowstick - A-

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:18 am

Dunk Contest Report Card: Bottom heavy

Williams, George and Evans should've saved their second dunks for the final round would've left a better impression of the dunk contest. Especially Williams and George because their last dunks were their worst.

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