Verizon Slam Dunk Contest Preview
Slam Dunk Contest Preview
Many of us remember last season’s dunk contest as one of the best there has been, which leaves many to wonder if this year’s group can keep that same level.
Zach LaVine declared a few weeks back that he would not come back to try to win for a third straight year (this was before he tore his ACL).
So who would go toe-to-toe to be the new champion?
Aaron Gordon- Orlando Magic
Gordon was the other half of that amazing dunk contest last year, and believed by many to be the actual winner. After all, he did jump over a mascot while putting the ball under both legs. Gordon is returning this year to claim what he fought so hard for last season. The question is will he be able to outdo his performance from last year?
DeAndre Jordan- Los Angeles Clippers
Perhaps one of, if not the most prolific dunker in the NBA right now, Jordan is the biggest man in the competition. Jordan has put many players on posters, but we have never seen a “showing” of his dunking ability. He fits into that Dwight Howard type build, he may not be able to as flashy of dunks, but definitely provides leaping ability power.
Glenn Robinson III- Indiana Pacers
Robinson is probably the least talked about player in this contest. He hasn’t been featured in a great dunk contest, he hasn’t been making a living posterizing people, nor has he been hyped on YouTube. However, he is a very good dunker. He is also the shortest player in the contest (by an inch), which has benefited quite a few past winners.
Derrick Jones Jr.- Phoenix Suns
Jones is one of the most talked about players in that contest, with the least amount known about him. You may even be asking yourself, “Who is Derrick Jones Jr.?”. That is a fair question, he has played in seven games this season for the Suns and is averaging 1.6 points per game. None of this really makes him stand out… until you watch his YouTube highlights.
Prediction: I think this will be a tight battle between Gordon and Jones Jr. They are both outstanding athletes with ridiculous hops. Jones Jr. has stated that he is going big, but he needs to back that up if he is going to win.
When it is all over, Aaron Gordon will be claiming what escaped his grasps last year.