2011 Slam Dunk Contest

Well folks, the slam dunk contest is officially back.  No more mandatory rules to use a teammate, no more “rising stars” competition, or useless wheel to spin to choose your dunk, this year’s slam dunk contest lived up to the hype for the most part.  The only problem I have with the contest this year is the winner.  Of course coming into the contest Blake Griffin was the clear favorite, but after his average dunks during the contest, I don’t think he should have won.  The dunker who was least appreciated was Demar Derozan.  If he was able to get the crowd more into his dunks he would have easily been in the finals and possibly could have won the competition.  Another unappreciated dunk was Serge Ibaka‘s dunk from the foul line.  Every foul line dunk was been with a foot in front of the foul (see Dr. J), and all Ibaka could get out of his foot behind the foul was a mid fourties score.  Then Blake Griffin performed his three sixty with the ball cocked to the side of his head and everyone went crazy.  Yes, all of his dunks were challenging for a fan but we’ve seen Griffin do some insane things with the basketball while in games, he could have thought of some more creative dunks for the competition.  JaVale McGee had the most creative dunk with his two hoop, two basketball dunk.  Obviously since McGee is a seven footer every dunk looks easy, but no one has ever pulled out two hoops before and been able to dunk on both.  McGee’s reverse windmill dunk was possibly one of the hardest dunks in the entire contest, especially since his momentum was driving him away from the rim and he had to duck his head from hitting the backboard.  Griffin’s final dunk was over a car that was positioned in the middle of the paint.  Like I said earlier, this dunk would be a challenge for any fan but he jumped over the hood of the car, Ibaka could have done the same thing and dunked from the foul line, but with all the Blake Griffin hype he got the fan’s vote and won the competition.  Even though the winner of the contest might not have been deserving, the dunk contest was one of the best I’ve seen in recent years.  Round one was more entertaining than any dunk contest between 2005 to now.  I’m happy where the contest is going and I hope the momentum continues to next year’s competition.

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Graduate of the University of Tennessee. Freelance writer at Complex Magazine in New York City, learning from some of the best. Tweet me @nrestivo
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