NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Sickest Dunk from Each of This Year's Participants

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIFebruary 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 16: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball over Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With the NBA Slam Dunk Contest coming our way tonight, it is important to get an idea of who we will be watching in the competition tonight.

The dunk contest is always the biggest event of the weekend, as it carries a ton of tradition, as well as excitement in seeing what players can come up with.

There are not a whole lot of big names, but these contestants can certainly take the rim by storm. Here are tonight's four contestants and their best dunk from their NBA careers thus far.


Derrick Williams - Minnesota Timberwolves

While he is just a rookie, Arizona Wildcats high-flyer Derrick Williams has been wrecking the rim this season.

He has point guard Ricky Rubio to thank for that, as he has been able to light it up with ally-oops. This puppy was all done on his own, and Williams showed his ability to fly above the rest.

While he won't be posterizing anybody tonight, we can expect big powerful dunks from this fresh face.


Paul George - Indiana Pacers

While George is still fresh on the scene, the Pacers' guard has proven to be a force when he has open look at the rim.

Considering nobody will be in front of him tonight, the court will be his canvas, and he just may give us something very special to look at.

As we saw with this dunk, George certainly has the air time. One thing is for sure—we want more than reverse double pumps.


Jeremy Evans - Utah Jazz

Call me crazy, but Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz may be able to dunk from the free throw line. No, I mean literally from the line.

This guy's arms are so long that he has the potential to do some really cool and crazy things tonight.

Evans is the definitely the dark horse, as he is coming in to replace New York Knicks' guard Iman Shumpert.

Could he surprise us all and win? 


Chase Budinger - Houston Rockets

I may start calling Budinger the flying squirrel because when he takes off, he lets his legs go back and just floats through the air.

I never really have seen Budinger as the creative type, but he has definitely shown that he has hops over the last few seasons. He can get really high off the ground, so I am expecting a lot of ally-oops in his quest for a title here.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.