The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision of galvanizing the ailing Slam Dunk Contest by turning it into an East versus West thing may not be sitting too well with the traditionalists. But on the upside, for the first time after god know how many years; the competition will feature some of the game’s most exciting young dunkers, who have all had their moments this season.
The East has a slight advantage over the West, both in size and athleticism. However, it could go either way when the chosen dunkers from both the conferences take the court to entertain the crowd and impress the judges on February 15.
Let’s see who the East has in store for us:
The Indiana Pacers star is the proud owner of this season’s flashiest dunk. Here it is:
Look at him flying in another windmill jam of his:
If George’s is the flashiest, Terrence Ross’ is the baddest contact dunk of the season, hands down. See how he threw it down a few days ago despite a defensive stalwart like Kenneth Faried being in his face.
Of course, he is the reigning champ, having won the competition last year with dunks like these:
The Washington Wizards guard’s freakish athleticism is no secret to anyone, and how would it be when you do this on the court in front of thousands of fans:
Let’s move on to The West now and see who will be reppin’ them:
The Portland Trail Blazers star is set to make history when he becomes the first man to take part in FIVE different competitions at the All-Star weekend. Dunking is just one of the several things this 6’3 guard is extremely good at. Have a look-see here:
Does Barnes dunk hard? Just ask Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic. He’d tell you the Golden State forward has a lot of juice in him.
Further proof of his credentials:
He is the guy to whom LeBron James did this:
So why is he in the Dunk Contest? All things considered, he himself is a pretty sick throw-down artist. This is him taking the flight: