Former Contest Contestant Kendall “Flying Illini” Gill Wants to See Amateurs in NBA Dunk Contest

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| March 26th, 2012 | 1,758 Views

After watching some of the best dunkers in the world, including Sprite Showdown Finalist Kasper along with Werm & Guy Dupuy, perform a half time show at the Chicago Bulls game last week, former NBA dunk contest contestant Kendall Gill said Guy Dupuy was the best dunker he has ever seen and that the NBA should let “amateurs” in the NBA dunk contest.

I think we will all agree that dunkers like Guy Dupuy, Kenny Dobbs, Werm, Reemix, Kasper, Jonsey, Air Dogg, etc would probably perform better dunks, especially pure no prop ones, but there’s a zero chance the NBA would do this for a couple of reasons.

  • If fans are complaining about non NBA stars competing in the dunk contest what are they going to say about guys not even in the NBA
  • Why would a NBA player put themselves in a position to lose against a non NBA player.

What I can see as a possible way of allowing these amateur players to participate in some form is to become “teammates” and/or “dunking tandems.”  This may sound a little corny and too WWF like but it’s the only way I see the NBA allowing non pros to compete.
What the NBA really needs to do is either give more exposure to the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown that takes place each year the night before the NBA dunk contest or integrate it somehow with the NBA dunk contest.

If you saw this years NBA dunk contest you were probably disappointed watching glow in the dark dunks and Chase Budinger do a reverse dunk with a blindfold.  If you saw the Showdown event that LeBron James and J.Cole were judging you saw dunks that made Serge Ibaka jump onto the court and Kenny Dobbs, using the same blindfold, go between his legs over three people!?!  Kobe even made a guest appearance and the expression on his face was priceless when Kenny was telling him what he did.  John Wall & other NBA players congratulated and complimented Kenny on his performance.  Do you think many NBA players complimented Jeremy Evans?  There’s a chance you forgot who Jeremy Evans was.

So I agree, the NBA needs to fix the dunk contest, but not with dunk wheels, less dunkers, fan voting or Puff Daddy.  They need to fix it by including the best dunkers in the world.  Watch Below!

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You might not remember what Kendall Gill did in the NBA dunk contest but he was once a high flyer and a member of “Flying Illini” in college.
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This should get you pumped up for the Ballislife High School Dunk Contest Presented by Deuce Brand taking place on April 6th. Click here to get tickets or visit for more information.

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