Contributed by S. Millington
Lately the slam dunk contest has been a pain to watch. Two years ago when Jeremy Evans (LOL WHO?) won the slam dunk contest. Evans dunked over a painting of himself dunking. It was a lame dunk and painful to watch. Hell, one of my friends and a fellow Motown Meltdown writers passed out cold watching that slam dunk contest. Bud Light Platinum may have played a part in that but that slam dunk contest still sucked. This year is going to be a must watch with field a three All-Star, two up and coming players and last year’s champion. Here’s who’s in and what we can expect from each of them:
Terrence Ross will defending his title in New Orleans. Ross recently had one of the better in game dunks of the season, a poster dunk on Kenneth Faried. Ross was excellent in his dunk contest debut, and there’s no reason to believe he can win again this year.
The All Star Weekend is going to be busy for Damian Lillard in New Orleans. Lillard will be the first player in the history of the weekend to participate in all five major events: the All-Star game, the dunk contest, the Rising Stars challenge, the three-point shootout and the skills competition.
Ben McLemore is the only rookie in this year’s contest. McLemore is able to throw down some monster jams during practice and this would be a great chance for him to raise his profile nationally with win in the slam dunk contest.
John Wall is making his first All-Star appearance this season and also his first appearance in the slam dunk contest. Wall has shown some flair in his in-game dunks, pulling out 360′s on fast breaks. I can see Mr. Wall win the slam dunk contest and busting out the John Wall dance. I know one of our writers here at Motown Meltdown will busts some moves to a John Wall victory.
Barnes is a likable young player on a popular Warriors team. He does have North Carolina roots so he maybe be able to pull off some Michael Jordan or Vince Carter type stuff. Barnes’ best in game dunk is this posterization of Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic from his rookie year.
This will be George’s second time doing it, but this time he is the star on one of the best teams in the league and he is an All Star starter this year. This year I’m sure we will not see a glow-in-the-dark dunk by George like he did in 2012. Last month George threw down a nasty 360-degree windmill dunk against the Clippers. George can cement his superstar status among fans all over the world with a win in the dunk contest.
I think the Slam Dunk contest will belong to Harrison Barnes. I can see him tying his North Carolina connection in to one of his dunks and I also him throwing down some monster dunks. Hopefully this field of dunkers may push other stars to enter the dunk contest. Yes, I’m looking at you Lebron.