After further examination, it seems that this dunk contest won't be that bad.
It does lack the star power that is known to bring the hype, but maybe this is a good thing. There have been plenty of dunk contests with star power that have failed to deliver because of how over-hyped it is. Take a look at Blake Griffin's dunks last year in the contest, and you'll know just how badly hype could ruin a player's performance.
This year, the dunk contest isn't being hyped up at all, which means that we could be surprised. We don't know much about any of these players, and they could unleash some aerial assaults that could get us out of our seats. We realize the names aren't carrying much significance, but they will once you see the dunks that they have thrown down.
Perhaps the best thing to happen to the contest is Jeremy Evans replacing Iman Shumpert. It's no disrespect at all to Shumpert, but Evans has enough athleticism to jump out of the building—and you'll see exactly what I mean in a few minutes.
Utah Jazz forward Evans, Houston Rockets small forward Chase Budinger, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams and Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George—yes, I know he's a forward, but he's played as a 2-guard—will be the participants, as they hope to continue making the Slam Dunk Contest relevant.
I have the feeling this is either going to be really bad or really good.