5 NBA Superstars Who Should Compete In Dunk Contest Next Year For The First Time
Glenn Robinson III (who?) won the dunk contest. It’s good the dunkers wear their jerseys, otherwise most viewers may not know which team he was apart of. Although Robinson had decent dunks, the dunk contest has lacked some luster over the years (the Zach Lavine and Aaron Gordon battle an exception).
People love seeing great dunks, but we are tired of cheering for guys who are only averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game (Robinson’s stats this season).
With that in mind, wouldn’t it be exciting to have some of the NBA’s best to compete in the dunk contest? The intrigue of having four or five NBA superstars battling it out for the trophy would be monumental, and these are the five best dudes who would bring in some absolute spark.
5. Andrew Wiggins, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Although Andrew Wiggins is not a NBA superstar yet, he is definitely putting up some big numbers. He is averaging 23.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest, and will be competing in the NBA for a LONG time as he is only 21. Wiggins also has some insane bunnies.
Wiggins has been dunking at an elite level since high school, as you can tell in the video above. The 6'8" Canadian bounce house has also made some noise in the league (Sorry Nikola Vucevic).
4. Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis, another one-year player out of college (like Wiggins), has been causing defenses headaches ever since joining the league. He is putting up 27.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Those numbers are impressive in itself, but Davis can throw down the ball with the best.
Davis is one of the guys that has the “put the ball by the rim and I’ll go get it” mentality. His arm looked like elastic in that alley-oop dunk from Chris Paul. *Shout out to Michael Jordan’s Space Jam dunk.*
Oh, and Davis has been doing this “dunking” thing since high school, as well.
3. Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant? Dunking? Although Durant has become famous for his deadly jump shot, Durant can also attack the rim with intense ferocity. Durant is averaging 25.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists, as well as being in the current top 5 best NBA players. His long arms and athletic ability, coupled with his 6'9" frame, allows him to do stuff like this.
Can the Warriors just recreate this play for the dunk contest next year?
Although this wasn’t Durant in his high school years, it still counts if he did it in what appears to be a high school gym, right?
2. Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Can you just sense the drama? How AWESOME would it be to see KD and Russell Westbrook battle it out in a dunk contest!? Westbrook is averaging mind-boggling numbers this season, putting up 31.1 points, 10.1 assists and 10.5 rebounds per contest. He is one of the front-runners for the MVP this season. He can also throw it DOWN!
I also have a feeling that Westbrook would get creative with his new-found rivalry against Durant, and most likely would utilize the Gerald Green cupcake dunk (taking a jab at Durant).
Oh, and here’s Westbrook sporting #4 in high school, throwing down some dunks.
1. Lebron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Lebron James has been in the public’s eye since his high school years. Being drafted straight from High School to the NBA, James has been an elite player and competitor throughout his career. He is currently averaging 25.9 points, 8.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds.
But, perhaps one of his most memorable plays occurred in the NBA finals as an alley-oop dunk.
It is these types of plays that have kept the conversation alive with James regarding him participating in the finals. Who knows what he could do if he primarily focused on just dunks, especially when he was doing this in high school.
This list of prestigious players would be a long-shot to round up. It may be difficult to just convince two or three of these players to join, but what a contest it would be.