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The 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Competition Breakdown

These four young guys are fighting for the Slam Dunk crown. (photo courtesy of www.brightcamel.com)

The 2015 All-Star weekend is upon us in again. This year, the scene is New York and there will be activities in New York City and in Brooklyn this year. And with that, there is some more buzz since the game and all its festivities are in the City that Never Sleeps. In the last edition of the Slam Dunk Contest, there was not a team winner. That did not play well, so this year it’s back to the normal format this season. And this year we have four participants battling to claim their first Slam Dunk contest championship. The participants are explosive Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine, Milwaukee Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo, exciting Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo and Brookyln Nets’ big man Mason Plumlee. This young crop of players is exciting and ready to entertain us all. But what can we expect from them?

Zach LaVine is a rookie guard from UCLA that entered the draft after his freshman season. He is an explosive athlete, but he is still figuring out the professional game. But he does not have to have the professional game down to make some amazing things happen in this contest. LaVine can jump out of the gym and that cannot even be questioned. And standing at 6’5”, the rookie is the perfect height to make some acrobatic things happen at the rim. And if he does some things like he is capable of, he could electrify the entire Barclays Arena. Check out some highlights of what LaVine is capable of:

Imagine what all else he could do with the bright lights on him. LaVine jumps with ease and seems to be still going up while he is completing his dunks. It ought to be interesting to see what he comes up with.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a very good season so far. The skill and versatile big man can play multiple positions and can finish at the rim with the best of them in the NBA. His size, 6”11”, along with his extremely long arms, make him a tough cover each time he touches the court. And he has been one of the reasons the Milwaukee Bucks have been successful this season. But in this contest, his height could potentially be a hindrance. Being that he is a taller guy, the degree of difficulty may be harder for him to ratchet up in this event. But even with that, he could make some things happen that people shorter than him could not even dare to do. Check out this finish he has on this play:

The takeoff and the finish by the Greek Freak was outstanding. Notice the length and the ease with which he made it to the rim and from how far he took off. He, like LaVine, will be a guy that will capture the interest of many looking for a winner in this contest.

Victor Oladipo is a part of the rebuilding process going on in Orlando. The explosive guard has had some good moments and he has had some not-so-good ones as well. And along with his learning process, the Orlando Magic have been riding a rollercoaster that has had them spiraling down. With the only head coach he has known in the NBA, Jacque Vaughn, fired, the second-year guard from Indiana has to get adjusted to hearing a new voice in Orlando going forward. But in the meantime, he can take his mind off of things by tearing the rim down in this contest. There is no question that Oladipo is an explosive leaper. He is about the same height as LaVine and is a very good leaper as well. With that being said, it would not be shocking if he actually won this contest, but he has some stiff competition. Check out these highlight dunks from Oladipo:

Look at how high he gets on his dunks. Standing at 6’4”,that makes his dunks stand out even more than the usual dunks you would see. And with his hops and a little creativity, there may be some excellent dunks in store for us all.

Finally we have the hometown guy, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee. The Nets big man has been pretty impressive this season and looks to be the future big for the Nets. But unfortunately, the overall team has not been very impressive this season. But being that the Nets are in the East, they may still have a fighter’s chance to make some kind of push for the playoffs. Realistically speaking, they probably will not make it. But that will not keep Plumlee from making noise in the dunk contest. Standing at 6’10”, he has plenty of bounce and has shown that he can finish using agility and also power. Check out some of these dunks Plumlee has had this season:

Notice the athleticism for such a big guy. Not every big man has his type of athleticism and explosion to the rim. But he, like the Greek Freak, is going to have an issue with making his dunks looking impressive due to his height. But we shall see what happens when he gets in front of his home crowd and what kind of tricks he has in store.

These four contestants are very explosive around the rim. It should be interesting to see what happens and what tricks all of them bring out. If this contest was based on purely explosiveness, LaVine will win this one easily. But along with explosiveness, there has to be some creativity and some showmanship. We shall see which one has the upper hand when combining talent, skill, showmanship and explosiveness.

Who is your winner in the 2015 Slam Dunk contest and why?

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4 Comments

  1. ASR

    February 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I must admit I’m excited for the slam dunk contest, for the 1st time in years! Also, the 3 point contest is going to be on point, the whole weekend should be fun.

    • Mike Patton

      February 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I hear ya ASR but who do you have winning the Dunk contest?

  2. Rob Thomas Brown

    February 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I’m going with Oladipo, presentation counts and he’s got some flair and charisma. I think he’ll be the most creative and will really get the crowd into it

  3. Lee Love

    February 14, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I guess I’m a bit old school but I don’t follow the slam dunk anymore I have more of an interest in 3pt contest. But that’s just me most of the creative dunks have been seen but of course every new generation it’s new to them.

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