Blake Griffin is the odds-on favorite to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and that would be true no matter who he faced. Still, one cannot help but wonder: What if, instead of JaVale McGee, LeBron James took to the air? What if, instead of DeMar DeRozan, it was Carmelo Anthony? What if Dwyane Wade replace Serge Ibaka?
The dunk contest used to be all about star power. Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Julius Erving and other truly elite stars of the game loved trying to top one another in basketball's greatest tests of art and athleticism.
Maybe the new spirit of friendship among the superstars of the game has removed that sense of competition. Still, it would be a ton of fun.
Read on for 10 guys who would make the dunk contest a whole lot more interesting.