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2011 NBA Dunk Contest

I wasn’t your typical Canadian Kid.  Sure, I liked hockey, I played street shinny and my pops took me to games.  The NHL was everywhere but the NBA was in my heart.  I felt like an outsider when my friends would debate “Leafs Vs Canadiens,” because I was more “Bulls Vs Pistons!”  One thing we could agree upon, however, was…

The Slam Dunk Competition!

On the following school-day we’d recant such stories as how Jordan dunked from the free-throw line and when the NBA’s tiniest man; Spud Webb, won the coveted crown.

Years later the Dunk Contest has matured into a phenomenon wherein future stars are born.  Sure there’s been some off years (Nate Robinson), but there have also been some truly epic ones (Dwight Howard).  Good or bad the anticipation is always high and this year it’s getting electric.

The 2011 NBA Dunk-Off Contestants:

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles has a new rising-star and his name is Blake Griffin.  In this, his real rookie year, he’s captured the hearts of fans and critics alike.  Why? Because he’s “the most aggressive dunker in years!” This year’s dunk contest promises to be a special one due to his presence alone.

Serge Ibaka

Sergeballu LaMu Sayonga Loom Walahas Jonas Hugo Ibaka, but you can call him “Dr. Nasty” for short!  This Oklahoma City Thunder power-forward brings the pain on a nightly basis.  Though this 3rd year Congolese native is known more for his shot-stoppage abilities (he blocked 8 shots in a single playoff game), he can also punish the rim like no other.

Javale McGee

When you’re listed as 7’0” tall and play the center position you’re not usually known for your dunking creativity. That is if you’re not Dwight Howard or Javale McGee!  This Washington Wizard began the year on a mission to posterize as many people as possible.  He’ll get his chance to shine this weekend!

DeMar Derozan

They keep it funky in Compton California and DeMar Darnell Derozan is no exception.  Last year he proved that the T-Dot has a new dunking threat after finishing second in the Dunk-Off.  This year he looks ready to show the world that second place isn’t going to be good enough!

Prediction

Everyone’s pick seems to be Blake Griffin, (the hype alone is un-paralleled).  I’m inclined to believe DeMar will keep it close, but look for the super-rookie to win his first Dunk-Championship in high-flying fashion!

When I was a youngster I loved watching these guys show the world that flying without wings was possible.  This year’s contest has me thinking I may get to re-live my youth!

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I’m going with McGee… I’m sure he has a sick “Team-dunk” ready for tonight. No one is really swaying me though (pre-show). I’m going to have to see the hunger live before I see which youngster is ready to make history.

    • Anonymous

      True. But having watched the highlights from last nights rookie v sophomore game I wish John Wall and Dewan Blair were in it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    “Like Vince Carter with his arm in the net” DAMN! Love it man. Great piece. This was always fun to watch. I wish I had some more inches to my name, so I could pull some shit too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    “Like Vince Carter with his arm in the net” DAMN! Love it man. Great piece. This was always fun to watch. I wish I had some more inches to my name, so I could pull some shit too!

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