NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Why Demar DeRozan Changes the Entire Outcome of Contest

Patrick Yaghoobians@PyaghoobiansAnalyst IIJanuary 21, 2011

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 13:  DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a dunk during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 13, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Just recently, it was announced that 2010 Dunk Contest runner-up, Demar DeRozan, will replace the injured Brandon Jennings in this year's dunk contest. This is a great opportunity for DeRozan, as he will have the chance to prove to the fans as to why he should have won the previous dunk contest.

Last year's dunk contest ended with Boston Celtics' guard, Nate Robinson, barely winning with a final vote count (in percentage) of 51 to 49. DeRozan would have probably won the contest if Canada was allowed to vote.

No offense to Brandon Jennings, but he has never been quite the dunker in his short two-year career. If he has thrown down a dunk, it was probably the average dunk you would see players doing on fastbreak opportunities. As good as a player Jennings is offensively, DeRozan is the better dunker who is the best suitable option for this year's dunk contest.

In recent years, the dunk contest has normally consisted of players who did horribly when it came to playing actual basketball, but were very flashy when they had the chance to dunk. Fortunately, this season's contest consists of players who can also produce some numbers on the court.

Blake Griffin has been a beast, and if he avoids injury, he can be a top 10 power forward in NBA history if he also improves his freethrow abilities.

Javale McGee is a great defender who has a high enough vertical to block shots and to get some valuable points in the paint on the offensive end of the floor.

Serge Ibaka is also like Javale McGee but has a much more polished offensive game than McGee. Ibaka is also a great defender when it comes to low-post defending.

Last but not least, Demar DeRozan has been dominant lately, and has improved his jumpshot from last season. His defense needs some work, but he has the offensive capability.

The NBA made a smart move in replacing the injured Jennings, as it would allow Jennings to have some more time to heal and get the Bucks to be a playoff contender, and it also gives DeRozan something to do over the All-Star weekend.

No more "Blake Griffin is going to win" quotes will be coming out of peoples mouths with DeRozan entering the jam contest. It will be a huge impact on the day of the contest and DeRozan will definitely make the whole event even more competitive.


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