Saturday night actually kicked off with a promising reverse dunk off the side of the backboard from former champion Gerald Green, but took a dive from there, as the contestants repeatedly failed to convert their attempts on the first couple of tries. Green was surprisingly the biggest culprit, as the high-flyer ultimately failed to covert his double-dunk attempt in the allowed time.
Even when the dunks were converted, it wasn’t anything we haven’t already seen, for the most part. Lets take a look at some of the highlights:
Gerald Green’s reverse dunk off the side of the backboard:
James White’s dunk from the line:
Eric Bledsoe’s reverse dunk:
Terrence Ross’ behind-the-back dunk:
Kenneth Faried’s between-the-legs dunk:
Jeremy Evans’ floating dunk:
Jeremy Evans’ jump-over-painting dunk:
Charles Barkley, who referred to James White as “Gerald White” on more than one occasion, didn’t enjoy the competition and asked the age-old question: when will the NBA bring in more superstars to dunk?
And he has a point. Bringing in the stars of today such as LeBron James or even Kevin Durant would certainly draw more attention and intrigue to the event, even if they don’t convert the most amazing dunks of all-time. Given the fact that just about every dunk imaginable has already been converted, it’s more about what the stars of today can do at this point. It is “All-Star” weekend, after all.
Barkley wasn’t the only one to share his thoughts on the matter, as many around the league – including John Wall, DeAndre Jordan and J.R. Smith – chimed in about the dunk contest in the following pages: