Very few NBA fans are familiar with Jeremy Evans, the man who is replacing Iman Shumpert in the dunk contest. However, he started to gain attention last month, saying that he thinks he can dunk over a car better than Blake Griffin did in last year’s contest. He says he’s jumped over his Camaro before, and judging by some of the dunks I’ve watched on YouTube, I wouldn’t be surprised.
I think one thing helping Evans right now is that he called out Blake Griffin. Many fans will expect him to jump over a car, and if he does it better than Griffin, he will most likely receive a majority of the fans' votes. Evans can also finish an alley-oop with the best of them, so expect him and maybe Gordon Hayward to connect on some sweet dunks come Saturday night.
I’d be surprised if Evans didn’t finish ahead of Chase Budinger, so as long as he can beat one of Paul George or Derrick Williams he will be tough to beat in the final round if he decides to jump over a car. Although I still expect Williams to win because of Ricky Rubio’s passing ability, we all know the dunk contest is full of surprises and that the favorite doesn’t always win.
Easily the least recognizable of the contestants, Evans could change that by the end of Saturday night in Orlando.