NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2011: Changing The Contest, Tweaking the Scoring
NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2011: Event Info, Dunk Highlights, Reactions and More
One thing that has always bothered me about the dunk contest is that they can't seem to get the scoring system right.
Now, if I am not mistaken, a player has two minutes to complete his dunk, and if he doesn't do it within those two minutes he gets two more attempts. This has worked out okay, but led to players playing it safe.
While watching some of the Winter X-Games events last month, I was intrigued by their scoring system, and thought the dunk contest would be wise to try them out.
So my suggestion here is that in the first round, each dunker gets three turns with their top two scores being counted., with a two-minute time limit on each, giving them wiggle room to try something awesome if they got two good scores with their first dunks. It allows for more creativity and ultimately, a more exciting experience.
The final round gives each dunker four dunk attempts, two minutes per attempt, with the top two scores counting. This gives the best two dunkers at least one “throw-away” attempt to try their craziest dunk, where if they don't get it, then it's no big deal, but if they do then the roof will come off the arena.
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