Jeremy Evans Slam Dunk Contest: Jazz Forward Will Prove Event Doesn't Need Stars

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IFebruary 25, 2012


Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz is probably not an NBA player you are quite familiar with right now, but I can assure you that after Saturday's Slam Dunk Contest you will know why he was a perfect replacement for injured New York Knicks star Iman Shumpert.

Evans has unreal athleticism and is one of the best leapers in the NBA. After many basketball fans were upset over this year's dunk contest not having big stars in it like Dwight Howard, Evans will remind everyone that the best dunk contest is one that includes the best dunkers and not the biggest stars.

I want to see the best and most creative dunks possible, and it doesn't matter who they come from. The point of the event is to crown a slam dunk champion from the entire NBA, not just well-known players.

Evans is one of the best dunkers in the NBA, and as you can tell by the video below, he's got some serious jumping ability.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Evans has not shown off any of his planned dunks for Saturday night in front of a crowd of people, but is confident he has some great ideas.

"I feel like we’ve got a couple locked in, but there’s still ideas," he said. "[I] just talked to Dwight [Howard]. He had a couple of ideas for me, so maybe we might tweak some things."

Evans is a throwback dunker and even though props have become a major part of the dunk contest, even if it diminishes the event, there's no question that the Jazz forward will put on a great show for everyone watching on Saturday.

Basketball fans would likely prefer to see superstars such as Miami Heat forward LeBron James in the dunk contest, but it's guys like Evans who are the "true" dunking talents that can give the fans the most enjoyment possible.


Main picture found here.