NBA Slam Dunk Predictions 2012: Jeremy Evans Will Throw Down Top Dunk

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2012


The latest addition to the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk competition could very well win the entire thing.

With Iman Shumpert shutdown by the Knicks with a nagging injury, 24-year-old Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz will reportedly take his place in Orlando at All-Star weekend.

Evans is a little-known talent out of Western Kentucky, but he can certainly throw it down with authority.

He'll join the Pacers' Paul George, the Rockets' Chase Budinger and the Timberwolves' Derrick Williams in the competition.

George is now the odds on favorite to win it all with Shumpert out of the mix, but Williams is an intriguing option as well. Most people have ruled out Budinger at this point because he's only thrown it down a handful of times this season. He can actually jump through the roof, but his shortcoming could be creativity.

The same can be said of most tall players. Voters and fans love to see the small dunkers jumping because it has more of a "wow factor."

Although George and Evans are also on the taller side, they've showcased more creativity than their opponents.

The competition itself can get stale at points because we've seen so many ridiculous dunks over the years that it is hard for these youngsters to bring something fresh to the court with every dunk.

But for one particular dunk it will be Evans who throws down the night's best.

Evans has great anticipation when the ball is the air and also possesses great body control. Whether it be an alley-oop or a dunk all on his own, Evans has enough flash and creativity to put down a perfect dunk.