NBA Slam Dunk Contest
The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is one of the highlights of All-Star weekend. Previous winners include Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and 57 Spud Webb.Â This year features four exciting competitors.Â Blake Griffin has exploded onto the NBA scene, showcasing his unique combination of freakish athleticism and raw power. At 610, Griffin could find it challenging to make dunks appear difficult, as many big men often do. Fortunately for Griffin, this is an extremely tall collection of dunkers. Even so, Griffin is the frontrunner in this years competition. He has an astounding vertical for a big man and throws it down with authority that can bring fans out of their seat. Given the wide realm of duns Griffin is going to have at his disposal, he is the unquestionable favorite for the competition.Â The odds for Blake Griffin to win the Dunk Contest are -250.
Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder is another competitor.Â Many of his biggest dunks this season have come by posterizing a defender in traffic. Ibaka covers a lot of ground in a hurry, but fails to elevate above the rim to the degree in which Griffin does. In order to come away with the upset, Ibaka is going to have to tap into his creativity. Each year, it seems the degree of difficulty remains relatively the same, but the creativity goes up exponentially every five years or so. Players are beginning to utilize props more often, which is a nice touch for both the audience and judges.
The tallest of the competitors is JaVale McGee at 7 feet tall. McGee has the ability to elevate like Griffin, but has the length of a seven footer. McGee could be the dark horse in this competition. What is important for McGee to remember is that many times in the dunk competition, players get too caught up in trying to win in the first round. Surviving the first round and saving the big time explosive dunk is the better way to go. High-risk dunks in the beginning will only make for a brief appearance and quick exit from the competition.
DeMar DeRozan is the 4th and final competitor. He replaces Brandon Jennings to round out the group of dunkers. At 67, DeRozan is the shortest dunker involved in the contest this year. He is also the most experienced, having come in second place in last years competition.
I say log-on to sportsbook.com and place a wager on hometown favorite Blake Griffin.Â Although he is the favorite laying -250, I do think he will be holding the trophy come the end of the evening.Â Sit back and enjoy the amazing dunks.
Blake Griffin -250