The NBA Dunk Contest has lost its "swagger" since Vince Carter owned the show in 2000. Since then, it has been a show merely to entertain the crowd until the All-Star Game itself.
That isn't to say the NBA doesn't have good dunking talent, they just fail to choose the right dunkers for the contest.
Michael Jordan, Spud Webb, Vince Carter, Dr. J and Dominique Wilkins truly defined the dunk contest back in the day and the NBA needs to realize that the contest has lost its flare.
I am here to tell you what dunkers should be in the Dunk Contest this year and why.
1. Lebron James—Cleveland Cavaliers
He's all about the show and I can't deny that. At times it appears Lebron will do anything for attention, but the man can dunk.
He is arguably the most thunderous dunker in the league and has the physique to do just about anything. Lebron said last year during All-Star festivities he would like to be a part of this year's dunk contest and I hope if given the opportunity to, he accepts.
For the NBA, it will draw a big crowd because of his popularity and he is truly a gifted athlete and dunker.
2. Andre Iguodala—Philadelphia 76ers
Iguadala always seems to find himself on SportsCenter at least once a week for a jaw-dropping dunk.
Iggy placed second behind Nate Robinson in the 2006 Contest in Denver and should definitely be given another chance this season.
The thing I find most appealing about Iguodala's dunks are his ability to finish in traffic. It's a good thing there are multiple camera angles during the game because it is sometimes hard to find Andre in the middle of the lane until he launches off for an emphatic dunk.
He, like Lebron, is another physically gifted athlete and is a great dunker that would be a great addition to the show this year.
3. Shannon Brown—Los Angeles Lakers
The 6-foot-4 Brown has really hit the spotlight this year with his energetic drives to the hoop. Shannon only averages 17 minutes per game but has had several highlight jams this season.
He has one of the highest vertical leaps in the league at 44.5 inches, and should be given his first chance to compete in the contest this season.
Again, like both Iguodala and Lebron he is very muscular and throws down some authoritative jams.
He has had a rough road to the NBA and has been on five teams in four years. It would be a good story to see him given the chance to showcase his hops.
4. Jamario Moon—Cleveland Cavaliers
After being traded to Miami and then Cleveland, Moon is quickly becoming the NBA's alley-oop king. Both Dwyane Wade and Lebron James have commented on Moon's ability to find any alley and throw it down.
Before making an NBA squad, Moon was once on the Harlem Globetrotters as a dunk specialist. He often refers to the times his spot on the team relied on his dunking. He had to catch every alley and throw it down or he would be cut.
Jamario placed third in the 2008 Dunk Contest in which Gerald Green blew out a cupcake, and Dwight Howard put on a cape and threw the ball in the hoop.
As a Moon fan and blogger, I was extremely disappointed to see him finish third when it looked like he had the most creative dunks. I heard that if Moon had progressed to the next round his next dunk would have been the most creative dunk ever.
Moon was supposed to start on the end of the baseline and throw down a windmill, then immediately catch an alley-oop and then put down a tomahawk all in one leap. If that is even possible it would definitely receive a ten from all judges.
Unlike Lebron and Andre, Moon is very lanky, which allows him to jump over the moon. But like Shannon Brown, he had a very tough road to the NBA which included somewhere around 15 stops before reaching an NBA team. Obviously, I am hoping to see a "Full Moon" come February.