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NBA Dunk Contest needs superstars


How awful was this year’s NBA Dunk Contest? The winner, Glenn Robinson III of Indiana, won the plum for flawless execution, not for flair that can make people’s jaws drop in amazement.

The highly-anticipated Slam Dunk Contest turned into a disappointment last Sunday as participants DeAndre Jordan, last year’s runner up Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones Jr. and Robinson performed below expectations.

Jordan of the LA Clippers succeeded on his first slam over DJ Khaled and his booth, but it pales in comparison with his teammate Blake Griffin’s dunk in 2011 wherein Griffin jumped over a car. Gordon, on the other hand, used a drone to hand him the ball but that turned out to be a disaster since he needed three attempts to make the dunk go in.

Robinson and Jones made it to the one-one-one Finals with decent slams in the preliminaries, but Jones eventually faltered since he failed to convert even after three tries of dunking the leather over two people.

Jones finally nailed one with an off-the-glass jam thru an assist by teammate Devin Booker. Robinson, for his part, was able to pull off a solid reverse dunk over three people, including teammate Paul George. He earned a perfect 50 points to walk away with the title.

Fellow NBA players Delon Wright and Javale McGee showed their frustrations in their Twitter accounts.

“Who woke me up for this,” the Toronto guard said with an unsatisfied emoji.

McGee directly thumb down the event itself. As of posting, his tweet already have 2,500 retweets and 3,500 likes.

NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, on the other hand, can’t help but shake his head.

Clearly, NBA is really missing two-time Slam Dunk champion Zach Lavine who is out on an ACL injury.

Interestingly, we saw more rim rattling dunks during the All-Star Game between the East and West courtesy of Lebron James, Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Maybe the time has come for the NBA to mandate its superstars to join the dunk contest even once in their careers.

After all, an NBA All Star Slam Dunk title cannot hurt.

The G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan won the NBA All Star Slam Dunk title twice in 1987 and 1988 (his slamma jamma from the free throw line is the ultimate benchmark since then). Since winning those Slam Dunk championships, Jordan became a six-time NBA champion, a six-time NBA Finals MVP and a five-time NBA MVP, among other accolades. (Alex Cerado)