The Dunk Contest was once the main spectacle of All-Star Weekend. However it had been underwhelming to say the least over the past five years. With the spectacular show put on last year, it is now highly anticipated. Unfortunately the reigning two-time champion Zach LaVine will not be back to defend his crown. Aaron Gordon leads the participants in what is sure to be an intriguing contest.
Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic)
Aaron Gordon is back for revenge this year after losing to Zach LaVine in one of the best dunk contests in recent memory last year. Gordon put up three consecutive perfect scores of 50, before losing in somewhat controversial style, with many thinking Gordon should’ve taken out the title. Gordon is averaging 11 points and six rebounds this season with the Orlando Magic. Gordon will come into this contest as a favourite to win his first Dunk Contest title.
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
What a weekend it will be for DeAndre Jordan. Jordan is an All-Star for the first time this season and will also compete in the Dunk Contest for the first time. A busy schedule for a man who had booked a trip to Hawaii for the All-Star break. Jordan, whilst leading the league for Dunks isn’t known for his flare. However with how high he can jump as a 6 foot 11 centre and training from former winner Blake Griffin, Jordan has to come into this contest with a good chance.
Derrick Jones Jr. (Phoenix Suns)
You may be asking the question.. Who? Derrick Jones Jr. has played just 11 minutes for the Suns this season and has recorded just one basket. Jones Jr. has spent the majority of the time playing for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League where he has impressed with his high-flying dunks, getting the nickname ‘Airplane Mode’. Jones Jr is undoubtedly the dark horse of this competition. If the bright lights and attention don’t get to him, we could be in for a heck of a show.
Glenn Robinson III (Indiana Pacers)
Glenn Robinson III is currently averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting in 24 of the Pacers 47 games this season. while shooting 45 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range. Robinson III will be the eighth Pacer to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. On paper it would seem that Robinson III is unlikely to win the contest.