The NBA Slam Dunk Contest has addressed many of the issues that it’s faced in recent years heading into 2014 All-Star Weekend. With a need for star-power, the contest added Damian Lillard, Paul George and John Wall. With a need for format changes, the dunk contest is now a conference vs. conference competition that looks to be an exciting outing. The contest is moving in the right direction.
However, one of the issues that some people have had won’t be addressed until a week from now. One problem many viewers have had with the contest in recent years basically stems from the question, “what can these guys do that we haven’t seen before?” Considering that we’ve seen Dwight Howard dunk on 12-foot rim, JaVale McGee dunk two balls on two separate goals, Jeremy Evans dunk two balls on one goal, and Gerald Green blow out a candle on a cupcake on the rim, it’s a pretty valid concern to have.
Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore has his eyes on something that the dunk contest has never seen before, though. In a recent interview, courtesy of CelticsBlog, McLemore said that he’s still working on his plan for the event. However, he also mentioned that he’s been “thinking about” the vaunted 720 dunk and about how “nobody has put that up” in the contest.
McLemore is arguably the most explosive rookie of the 2013 draft class, boasting both leaping ability and athleticism while in the air. Though we’ve not seen it from an NBA player and only in the And1 Mixtape Tours of the world, McLemore is a player that could theoretically pull it off. As I said, McLemore doesn’t know what he’ll try to put down come next Saturday yet, but I think we can all agree that a 720 would be the best way to go for the dunk contest and the fans.