The last time Blake Griffin participated in the NBA Dunk Contest was 2011, and the show he put on was one of the more memorable ones as of late. He’s still young enough to have that spark in a contest like this, and his pull on the west coast is undeniable.
The NBA didn’t do itself any favors by leaving him out for another year.
This year’s contest roster is not undesirable at all — Paul George is a wonderful headliner. He’s going to fly high above the sky, along with everyone else, and hopefully make this a contest worth watching.
We want Griffin, though. Everything about this man is geared almost perfectly towards a dunk contest. He’s creative, enthusiastic, has a reputation above the rim, and he would draw in viewers. Even non-sports fans can associate Griffin’s name to a picture they’ve seen or a conversation they’ve heard.
So,who could he replace?
I want to lock in George, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore. They’re large-market players and very capable of putting jaws to the floor. So, that leaves the option of replacement between Terrence Ross and Harrison Barnes. But as I said, I certainly don’t dislike the roster — I have nothing against either one of them competing.
Griffin would take this NBA Dunk Contest through the roof, as he does multiple times each games. I think he’s a perfect fit, and the NBA missed out on a huge opportunity to draw even more viewers and excitement by excluding the game’s most vicious dunker.
Nonetheless, I’m excited to see this dunk contest. It’ll be a good show and I can’t wait to see George after some of his highlights this season. But deep inside, just as many others will be, I’ll be wishing Griffin would come out and leap over a car.