If you saw the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest this weekend, you're probably wishing you hadn't. It was a disappointing contest.
In reality, the dunks weren't that bad. Watching players try the same dunk over and over again and fail wasn't as bad, or as unique as some people make it out to be.
The problem was, we just didn't care about the dunkers. The contest has never been about the dunks. It's always been about the dunkers. The utter and complete lack of star power in this year's dunk contest made it about as exciting as D-League basketball, and the winner was pretty much not much more than a D-League player.
If you want to revive the dunk contest, get the dunkers back into it. When Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins were competing for this, it was a real contest. The contestants were competing to prove something and we cared about who won.
Over the last 10 years, the contest has annually regressed to the point of this year, where we actually voted for a player (Jeremy Evans) we wouldn't know if it weren't for the dunk contest. Evans won for jumping over a three-foot man.
Imagine if these four players competed—none of whom has ever participated—in the contest instead of the four who did.