Every NBA fan looks forward to the Slam Dunk Contest. The event was established in 1984, and first featured top players and dunkers like Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and six-time champion Michael Jordan. Recently, however, the Slam Dunk Contest has become a Grade A snoozer.
Don't get me wrong: Dunks are cool to watch regardless of who does them, but whatever happened to putting the scrappy A-listers back in the contest? Nothing against Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin, but they have enough height that them dunking the ball isn't anything special, regardless of how they do it.
Give me Nate Robinson. Give me Vince Carter. Give me phenomenal athletes who actually make the Slam Dunk Contest exciting and not just an event for unknowns to shine during All-Star Weekend.
This NBA season has seen some incredible dunks from some equally incredible players, and it's time to give them their due recognition. I'm not saying that this year's Slam Dunk Contest needs to be full of stars, but definitely with men whose dunking abilities speak for themselves.