World famous dunker Kenny Dobbs won the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown contest in Orlando at All-Star Weekend back in 2012. Besides a 10k check and congrats from Kobe and LeBron, Dobbs was asked to present the NBA dunk contest trophy to the winner of the NBA slam dunk contest the next night. The same night John Wall put on a dunk exhibition at the Rising Stars game. Before the contest, Wall talked to Kenny about working with him to create some over-the-top memorable dunks for next year’s dunk contest. The combination of Wall’s athleticism and Dobb’s ideas had me excited to see one of the most exciting rising stars in the league in the contest that the NBA finds ways to sabotage.
Well, Wall has yet to be in the dunk contest but from the way he’s been playing of late, I wouldn’t be surpirsed to see him back at All-Star Weekend as an All-Star instead of a dunk contest particpant although I still think Wall has a great shot at winning the contest.
Last night during Wall’s 31 point 9 assist performance vs the Lakers he threw down a couple of dunks that wouldn’t get him a 50 in a dunk contest but does make me wish he was in it.
I do want to make it clear that I’m not saying Wall belongs in the dunk contest because he did a 360 game dunk, I’m just saying the show off dunk reminded me of what I know Wall is capable of and those capabilities belong in the dunk contest. A pet peeve of mine is when people watch a game dunk and act like it’s a dunk contest worthy dunk and then when a contestant performs a superior dunk in a contest, those same people aren’t impressed.