Grading Every Slam Dunk Contest Contestant

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Grading Every Slam Dunk Contest Contestant
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The dunk contest is dead. Long live the dunk contest. 

That seemed to be the social-media sentiment as an awful beginning gave way to a series of ending flourishes. A lot of tension was built up on behalf of James White, who had been built up as basketball's premier dunker.

Unfortunately for White, and for the fans, his big-stage moment was highly disappointing. The air seemed to deflate out of the event as White kept missing his attempts. 

Thankfully, one big Faried jam led to a series of actually successful jams from other participants. The dunk contest might not be what it once was, but at least it evaded disaster.

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