NBA Dunk Contest 2017


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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Glenn Robinson III #40 of the Indiana Pacers poses with the Verizon Slam Dunk Champion trophy after winning the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Smoothie King Center on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Travis Stedman

The NBA All Star weekend just ended, and looking back, the biggest disappointment of the weekend has to be the Dunk Contest. The contest was set up for failure from the very beginning when the reigning dunk contest champion could not participate because of an injury. Additionally, many other stars declined to participate. In result, Glen Robinson III and Derick Jones JR. participated. If you have never heard of these two, join the rest of us, because going into the contest most NBA fans hadn’t either. They would be joined by last year’s runner-up Arron Gordon and Deandre Jordan.

The contest got under way and already people were making fun of it because of the contestants. It just got worse from there. Aaron Gordon who was many people’s favorite to win put fourth a lackluster effort, as his best dunk was one he completed last year. To go along with Gordon’s lackluster performance, the tallest competitor Deandre Jordon did nothing special and they both were eliminated, leaving the two unknowns to compete in the finals.

Glenn Robinson ended up knocking off Derick Jones with his dunk of dunking over the Indiana Pacers Mascot, a fellow teammate of his and Indiana Pacers Cheerleader, but the criticism wasn’t over yet. Most of Twitter compared the contest to trash and NBA star Paul Pierce tweeted out saying that he would like to see props be taken out of the contest. However the Dunk contest goes next year, it can only be better than this years.