NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Breaking Down the Biggest Winners and Losers

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jeremy Evans of the UTah Jazz  jumps over jumps over teammate Gordon Haywood as he dunks two basketballs during 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Evans won the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest last night in one of the worst years for the event in a long time.

Most of the dunks weren't that great, the props were lame and the excitement you expect from the slam dunk contest just wasn't present throughout the evening.

Let's break down the winners and losers of Saturday night's competition.


Winner: Jeremy Evans

Evans is clearly a winner since he did in fact win the competition thanks to fan voting through various channels such as Twitter and text messaging.

Evans' dunk of two basketballs, which he caught in mid-air from Jazz teammate Gordon Heyward, was pretty cool, and it was ultimately the biggest reason why he won.

To be honest, however, I expected a bit more from Evans throughout the night, and his first dunk attempt was one of the lamest I've ever seen.


Loser: The fans

This dunk contest was pretty bad for a number of reasons, one being the props used were not that great overall. Evans put a small camera on his head for his first dunk to allow fans to see what he sees, and while it was a neat, it certainly wasn't dunk contest caliber.

Derrick Williams' motorcycle was interesting but it did not add too much degree of difficulty to his dunk. The Paul George glow in the dark dunk was interesting but not anything spectacular.

Also, jumping over people shouldn't be considered cool anymore because so many players can do it. Furthermore, most of these dunkers push off on the shoulders of whoever their jumping over for extra support.

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier also isn't a fan of jumping over people.

All anyone cares about these days is getting dunked on (overrated). If these guys were smart, I'd have someone trying to block the dunk.

— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) February 26, 2012

Props ruin the dunk contest and shouldn't even be allowed. However, if you're going to use them, you must find ones that are interesting and add more difficulty to the dunk being attempted.


Loser: Chase Budinger

Houston Rockets big man Chase Budinger did not have a good dunk contest last night. His first attempt was jumping over entertainment star Puff Daddy, which wasn't impressive since he's not very tall.

Budinger's dunk where he slammed it through while blindfolded was interesting, but I'm not totally convinced that he was totally blind as he was running up to the basket. That dunk attempt has also been done before, so there was little creativity involved.