Jeff Green has made a living posterizing players and should definitely be in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest. The last Boston Celtics player to be in the contest was Gerald Green who won the event in 2007, and Jeff Green should be next.
Over the last few years, Green has thrown down some powerful dunks and attacked the basket without fear. His fearless demeanor can be linked to his open heart surgery that he underwent in January of 2012. Green was diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm that could have killed him. After missing a year of basketball, Green doesn’t take a second of life for granted and enjoys every minute on the court. His fearless attitude would be perfect for this contest because he would certainly try something that has yet to be done. He would also make a good story for the NBA because of his comeback from surgery. Fans would cheer for him because of his journey, and he would excite them with his dunking ability.
Over the last few years the Slam Dunk Contest has been far from thrilling. The last big name to win the contest was Blake Griffin in 2011. While Green is not on the same superstar level as Griffin, he is still a household name. Let’s be honest: How many people know the last two winners, Terrence Ross and Jeremy Evans? The contest needs someone that the fans will relate to, and Green has had performances that show he has the potential to be a star. Green has the athleticism and explosion to throw down some high-flying dunks as well as get creative. It seems as though dunks in the contest are being repeated or players are using too many props, but I believe Green will go old school and just let his dunks do the talking. I’m throwing my hat in the ring now for Green to be in the Slam Dunk Contest,and I know he won’t disappoint.