Ridiculous Slams We Want 2013 NBA Dunk Contestants to Recreate
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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is one of the most exciting events of the season, as some of the world's best athletes attempt ridiculous jams that should only be possible in video games.
While this year's Dunk Contest is void of big names, it's a safe bet to assume the majority of the jams will be sensational.
Kenneth Faried is the most recognizable player participating, but he is joined by Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, James White and Jeremy Evans.
The contest will also feature two previous winners, as both Green and Evans have claimed the crown in the past. While neither is a superstar in actual game play, each man has the ability to throw down vicious jams.
Jaw-dropping dunks are what make the Dunk Contest a must-see event. Take a second and think about the 1988 Dunk Contest featuring Michael Jordan versus Dominique Wilkins, or when Dwight Howard became Superman in 2008. Each of those moments permeated into the overall sports culture.
Hopefully Saturday's Dunk Contest will be memorable enough to warrant a place in basketball history. That effort would be greatly aided if any of the dunkers would attempt one of the following ridiculous jams.
The winner of the contest will likely either be Green or White, as each has a proven reputation as phenomenal dunkers.
360 Windmill Dunk
Vince Carter was the first player in NBA history to pull off a 360 windmill dunk, as he shocked the basketball world during the Dunk Contest in 2000.
At the time, Carter was the most exciting player in the league. He was the first Toronto Raptors player to make the franchise relevant, as he could blow the roof off the Air Canada Centre at any moment.
On this jam, Carter takes flight after entering the paint and stays in the air long enough to spin around completely and finishes off the maneuver with an effortless jam.
There is a reason "Vinsanity" swept the NBA, with this jam being a catalyst for the movement.
Out of all the dunkers in this year's contest, Gerald Green has the best chance to re-create what Carter did 13 years ago.
Green is coming in as one of the favorites, as he won the title in 2007 and is still one of the league's most dynamic dunkers.
In this video, Green runs the floor in transition before taking a pass from MarShon Brooks and performs one of the most breathtaking windmill jams in history.
The fans in Houston would be fortunate if Green decided to channel his inner Vince Carter.
The Free-Throw Dunk/Whatever Else James White Wants to Do
What White lacks in top-flight basketball skills, he makes up for in dunking-ability and explosiveness.
The world's best dunkers are rarely the best players, which is the case with White. So far this season, he is averaging just 6.7 minutes as a member of the New York Knicks.
White's go-to dunk has been the free-throw dunk, as he is capable of leaping from the free-throw line to the rim. While I have no clue how that's possible, White has the rare ability to make such an athletic feat look routine.
In case you were wondering, the distance between the free throw line and the basket is almost 14 feet. Yes, you read that right, 14 feet.
Somehow, someway, White is capable of leaping that far while maintaining the height to dunk the ball.
Sure, White has already performed the free-throw dunk, but that doesn't mean it would be any less exciting this time around.
According to SlamOnline.com, White is extremely confident that he will fare well in Saturday's competition. In fact, he believes he has multiple dunk options which would essentially clinch the competition as evidenced by the following comment:
I watch what my competition does in the dunk contest and then decide which of my dunks I will do. I have about five dunks where I’m absolutely certain that I will get a 50 on those. So it’s just a matter of when to use which of those dunks.
At 30 years of age, White is the oldest person to participate in the event since Dominique Wilkins. If White pulled off the free throw dunk after turning 30, it would be nothing short of remarkable.
No matter what White decides to go with, his dunks will be something no self-respecting NBA fan can miss.
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