It's been a long time since the Dunk Contest has been compelling. Last year's competition featured four people who looked like they'd rather be at a morgue than under the bright lights.
Maybe that's because Blake Griffin was hurt.
The former Oklahoma Sooner took the NBA by storm this season, throwing down more times than Paris Hilton has thrown up. He's the only reason to watch Los Angeles' other team and the Poster Child is coming to the Dunk Contest later this month.
Unfortunately, it's not just a Griffin exposition. Three other competitors will join him. Damn, it's not just going to be a one-man flight school.
Can Griffin, Serge Ibaka, Demar DeRozan and Javale McGee bring the event once lauded as the best part of All-Star Weekend back to prominence? Those four make a very talented field, so there is quite the buzz in the air for 2011's display.
The real question, however, is how these four dunkers stand up to the greatest fields of all-time. Do Griffin's tremendous hops take this year's group to the top?