NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest: Why the Dunk Contest Was a Major Disappointment

Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIIFebruary 26, 2012

Jeremy Evans hanging onto the hoop after completing a dunk in the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
Jeremy Evans hanging onto the hoop after completing a dunk in the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Jeremy Evans won the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest by dunking two balls in the same hoop and jumping over a person that wasn't close to six feet tall.

Oh, and don't forget his incredibly lame dunk to open up the contest.

How's that for a step backwards from last year?

The dunk contest failed to impress many people, as Evans' winning dunk definitely wasn't as good as Blake Griffin's 2011 Slam Dunk Contest winner.

Gordon Hayward sat in a chair in the middle of the key, and, as Evans approached Hayward, Hayward tossed two basketballs high in the air behind him. Evans hurdled Hayward, gained control of both basketballs and slammed them into the hoop one after another.

Evans did a Karl Malone tribute dunk where he jumped over a person and finished with a nice slam, and he was able to take home the trophy. 

But there was no doubt that last year's dunk contest was a lot more interesting then this year's.

Last year, Griffin dunked over a car, Ibaka dunked from the free throw line and JaVale McGee dunked in two different hoops. Evans probably would've finished in third or fourth in that contest, which is a major disappointment for the viewers who watched this year's edition.

Paul George dunked over Roy Hibbert, but Hibbert had to duck for George to complete the dunk, and George still touched Hibbert. Chase Budinger completed a reverse dunk blindfolded, which opened the third round.

Derrick Williams did the equivalent of nothing during the contest, and the fact that he was the favorite added a surprise element to the contest.

Now, I'm not saying the contest wasn't fun to watch, but it definitely didn't live up to the expectations set by last year's contest. Evans isn't close to being a big name in the NBA, while a Griffin dunk makes SportsCenter every day.

The bottom line is the NBA needs to put more thought into the contestants, so TV ratings go up and viewers are greatly entertained.

Because if we get this type of contest every year, things aren't going to be good for the NBA.