Gerald Green, James White, Jeremy Evans, Terrance Ross, Eric Bledsoe, and Kenneth Faried have been named the participants for this year’s NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition. One player who missed the cut was the high-flyer, Jeff Green. Green has had some spectacular dunks this season, posterizing Al Jefferson and Jermaine O’Neal. Does he deserve to be in the slam dunk competition? Definitely. I would have liked to see what he has in his dunking repertoire. But looking at the Boston Celtics list of injuries, maybe it was a good thing he’s not participating.
Regarding the players who are in the slam dunk competition, Gerald Green has to be the favorite coming in. Green put on a show back in 2007, jumping over Nate Robinson, and later, a windmill dunk over a table which sealed the deal on his victory. It’s great to see him back in the competition, and his name alone is going add interest into watching it.
Jeremy Evans returns to defend his dunking title from last season and looking at the field of players participating, he may have a hard time trying to make it back-to-back. For the other players, I can’t wait to see what they have in their bag of tricks. Players like Vince Carter and Michael Jordan have already set the standard, so these guys will have to be very creative as it’s gotten harder to come up with dunks the fans haven’t seen before.
The dunk contest has always been my personal favorite for All-Star weekend. Watching the guys show off their athleticism and making you believe that it’s possible for a human to fly, makes it that much more special and entertaining as a viewer. If I were to predict who comes away with the title, it would have to be Gerald Green. He’s proven that he can be the most creative, and I’d like to see if there is anything he can’t jump over.