The NBA All-Star weekend is officially under way. Washington Wizards‘ John Wall will be representing Washington and competing in the the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, which will be held on Saturday Feb. 15.
Competing with Wall is Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings, Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and last year’s champion, Terrance Ross of the Toronto Raptors.
Wall has told media that he will be using extra bodies during the slam-dunk contest to put on a show. The current betting odds have Wall with the third best odds to win (9:2). George was given the best odds to win (7:4). The rule format is slightly different this year than in the past. This year, the Eastern Conference will face the Western Conference in battle rounds and dunkers go head-to-head with a player from another conference. The fans are still responsible for choosing the overall winner.
In the battle round, Wall will be dunking against either McLemore, Barnes or Lillard. I believe that Wall is a better dunker than all three of the Western contestants. This means that Wall’s biggest competition will come from George and reigning champ Ross. Wall has an explosive ability and is an extremely underrated dunker. He has great hops and can really throw it down.
Here is a look at some of Wall’s best dunks.
Wall competing in the 2014 slam-dunk contest is a big deal. This will be one of the more promising dunk competitions the fans have seen in a long time. I believe that this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest will come down to a head-to-head and matchup and Wall will be one of the final contestants. He is already a big favorite among fans, he just needs to put on a dunk show the fans have not seen in a long time.