The 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest is just around the corner, and you’re not going to want to miss a chance to watch the showcase—and possibly even wager on it.
That’s right, if you’re a betting man or woman, you can get action on the All-Star Weekend dunking event. In fact, this can make an already thrilling contest even more watchable.
Let’s take a look at where and when to view the contest, check the latest odds for each competitor, make a few predictions on who will win this year and more.
Start Time: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET (Fourth event of night)
TV: Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Tex.
Live Stream: TNT Overtime
Latest Odds (courtesy of Bovada.lv)
James White (New York Knicks, Eastern Conference): 5/4
Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors, Eastern Conference): 7/2
Gerald Green (Indiana Pacers, Eastern Conference): 4/1
Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers, Western Conference): 5/1
Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz, Western Conference): 8/1
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets, Western Conference): 8/1
Runner Up: Eric Bledsoe
Because of the smallish stature of Chris Paul’s star backup, he’s going to have an easy time making it to the final round as the West’s representative.
Some of the past winners of this event include Nate Robinson (three times), Dee Brown and Spud Webb. While these guys are great dunkers, even their basic jams look absolutely spectacular due to their diminutive height—relative to the size of the the competition.
With the general public voting via texts, tweets and other means, Bledsoe is practically a shoo-in due to his popularity league-wide, huge home market and the fact that as long as he makes a dunk, it’s going to look sweet.
However, we just don’t think he has the experience at 23 years old to edge out this next guy in the creativity department.
Expect Bledsoe to give it his best shot, but come up just a few votes short when the final results are tallied come Saturday night.
Champion: James White
James “Flight” White has certainly lived up to his nickname, and it’s downright shocking that this 30-year-old athlete has never appeared in the NBA’s jamming contest.
He’s a world-renowned dunk artist that has made a career playing basketball, partly because of his ability to throw it down in some the most ridiculous ways imaginable.
The guy has literally stopped practice before when showing his stuff, a ridiculous feat considering the Knicks have some great dunkers in Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert and more on the roster.
The 30-year-old has played for countless teams in numerous foreign countries since busting into the NBA back in 2006 with the San Antonio Spurs, impressing fans at each stop with his dazzling displays of dunking.
While he may not have the youthful athleticism that would allow for a free-throw jam between the legs, White does have crafty veteran savvy and unlimited creativity.
Expect a never-before-seen spectacle from White that will finally bring him home some meaningful hardware.