Last year's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was just poor. Nate Robinson took home his third title in relatively quiet fashion.
DeMar DeRozan, Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace also competed, but it just didn't have the same feel as usual. Only one All-Star (Wallace) actually competed in the competition.
I thought the whole point of All-Star Weekend was to showcase and celebrate the best talent in the NBA.
Big-time players need to step up, realize the injury risk is minimal and join up for the dunk contest because this year's lineup is not stunning either.
Blake Griffin is a beast and obviously belongs there, but the rest of the field is not as impressive. JaVale McGee and Serge Ibaka are both big men who throw it down regularly, but neither of them plays All-Star-caliber basketball and therefore don't deserve to be in the competition.
The fourth contestant, Brandon Jennings, currently is resting a broken foot and has two dunks the entire season. Let me repeat that: He has dunked twice, and he is in the dunk contest? He ranks 246th in the league in total dunks.
Imagine the dunk contest this year without Blake Griffin. It would be depressing. This is not a knock on the other contestants, but let's face it—none of them have "star power." It is almost definite that Jennings, Ibaka and McGee won't be All-Stars come February.
With that in mind, here are some players all fans would like to see in the Dunk Contest that would help rejuvenate the competition.