NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2013: Viewers Guide to Anticipated Event

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz reacts after he dunks during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will be the last competition of Saturday night's four-event campaign at All-Star weekend.

From Blake Griffin dunking over a Kia Optima to Jeremy Evans slamming two balls at once, the dunk contest has seen its share of highlights despite its waning popularity in the NBA community.

Before we can watch LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony lead the East against Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and the West, we'll see who can think up the most creative dunks on Saturday night.


When: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. (fourth event, meaning it'll probably start between 9:30 and 10 p.m. ET)

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Watch: TNT

Participants:  Gerald Green (Indiana Pacers), James White (New York Knicks), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors) and Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz)

According to Bovada, last year's defending champion, Jeremy Evans, is the underdog in the contest, sporting 8/1 odds to repeat as champion.

Have we ever seen a defending champion this disrespected?

Evans hammered home two balls at once in a winning effort last season, yet newcomers like Terrence Ross and Kenneth Faried have better odds of winning the 2013 contest.

On the flip side, James "Flight" White is the favorite to own the slam dunk contest on Saturday night, boasting 23/20 odds, per Bovada.

If you've never heard of Flight White, I suggest you hit up Google and check him out.

While the 30-year-old White never made a name for himself in the NBA — White averages just 2.7 points per game in 44 career games—he'll have the opportunity to showcase his talent on national television in the dunk contest.

White has built somewhat of an online following for his extraordinary dunks, especially in Europe in the Turkish dunk contest, in which he won.

The 6'7" shooting guard is the perfect participant to inject some life into the dying competition, as Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports reports that White already has five perfect dunks picked out to rock the Toyota Center with.

Kudos to the rest of the competitors for being selected to compete on Saturday night, but they don't stand a chance against Flight White.


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