NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Breaking Down the Biggest Blunders

Amelia AhlgrenContributor IIIFebruary 25, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jeremy Evans of the UTah Jazz celebrates with his trophy after he won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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While this year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest lacked Blake Griffin, a gospel choir and a car, it still came packed with pizzazz—and with its fair share of blunders.

This All-Star Saturday featured four first-time dunk contest participants, and at times they let their newcomer status show. Here's a breakdown of the dunk contest's biggest bloopers.


Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves was less than impressive in the first round. Jumping over a motorcycle, he whiffed two windmills before he nailed the dunk on the third attempt. Clearing a motorcycle hardly seemed like an athletic endeavor for the 6'8" forward.

Williams also blundered in the second round, but that was the fault of a botched pass that slipped out of his hands.

Round three was by far his worst.

Williams tried to do an under-the-leg dunk by pitching the ball to himself off the backboard. Eventually he was forced to ask an assistant to feed the ball to him, but that didn't pan out. Nine attempts later, Williams was forced to settle for a disappointing dumbed-down dunk to close out the contest.


Paul George

Indiana Pacer Paul George came out big in the first round, challenging himself to jump over  teammates Roy Hibbert (who stands at 7'2") AND Dahntay Jones. 

But he had a few woopsies when he banged Hibbert in the back of the head twice before getting it right. George's biggest blunder came when he got tongue-tied and mixed up Larry Brown and Larry Bird.

Maybe messing up the legend's name threw off his third-round game.

George tried and failed as he attempted to slap a sticker of Larry Bird on the backboard while completing a dunk. By the time he aced it, it was hardly impressive.


Jeremy Evans

The winner of the NBA dunk contest debuted with a lackluster "eye cam" dunk. Other than the novelty of using technology in his performance, this dunk was completely devoid of creativity.

He made up for it in the second round though, when he grabbed two balls in the air and stuffed them into the bucket. Evans' Round 2 dunk must have won him the crown because the his third dunk was a blunder in the context of the contest.

You can't come out in the third round and dunk over a guy who's shorter than Hibbert and Diddy, guys Paul George and Chase Budinger had already cleared in the first two rounds.


Chase Budinger

Budinger opened the NBA dunk contest by soaring to the rim over Diddy on the first try. But Budinger's second dunk was a botch in the style department.

Like two girls wearing the same dress to a party, Budinger's Round 2 jam was eerily reminiscent of Paul George's first dunk—Budinger was just missing the motorcycle.

You can hardly call his missed blindfold dunk a blunder, but did anyone else think he was peeking on that second one?