NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2011: Did Blake Griffin Deserve To Win The Dunk Contest?

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball as his elbow hangs on the rim in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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After the All-Star Weekend came to a conclusion, we now head into the second half of the NBA season.

But is it just me, or did anyone else think that Blake Griffin did not deserve to win the dunk contest?

First off, let me just say that this was one of, if not, the best dunk contest we have seen in quite a while.

This year's contestants were JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Blake Griffin and DeMar DeRozan. All of these guys are really athletic and put on a great show for the fans.

But did the true and most deserving player walk away holding the trophy?

I'll answer that for you: No.

As much as I love Griffin, he did not deserve to win the dunk contest.

His first dunks were great, but his closing dunks? Not so much. The same could be said for McGee.

Ibaka was definitely the player who was snubbed the most. He nailed a dunk from behind the foul line. Almost every player in NBA history who has tried, failed. Players like Michael Jordan couldn't complete that dunk.

Brent Barry was the only player besides Ibaka to complete a dunk from behind the foul line.

So as Ibaka celebrates his foul line slam, I'm thinking "Ok, this is at least a 48." Then suddenly, the judges raise their signs and he receives an overall score of a...45?


And it's not like he barely made it. Watch the highlight again and you will see that Ibaka could have taken off one step earlier.

DeRozan's dunk was also very under rated when he went through the legs from behind the backboard.

But in my opinion, I think the entries into the final two was very arguable. All of the dunks in the first two round were very impressive.

DeRozan and Ibaka deserved much higher scores for their dunks which easily could have resulted them into the finals.

McGee's dunk was probably the best of night where he dunked two balls on two separate baskets.

Anyway, we moved on to the final two where the showdown was Griffin Vs. McGee. Griffin came out victorious, but did he deserve it?

His final two dunks were not that great. The dunk where he left his arm hanging in was great, but Mcgee's dunk where he came from under the basket and came down with the reverse was just as good, if not, better.

McGee is seven feet tall and for him to put his head under the backboard is harder than it looks.

Neither of the final dunks were that good. Griffin's dunk over the car was probably the least impressive of the night.

If you take away the car, it's just your typical, everyday dunk. It was so average.

But what also made it even worse was the build up. There was so much hype for such an average dunk.

In the finals, McGee was the most deserving, but Griffin won the popularity contest.

This also shows more of a reason to not let the fans vote. Griffin could have hit a foul shot and still would have won because he is Blake Griffin. You could even put Justin Bieber out there and he would win.

He won MVP for the celebrity game and he didn't even play that well!

So we have learned from the Slam Dunk Contest (and celebrity game) that the NBA cannot, I repeat, cannot let the fans vote.

We also learned that when the fans do vote, the most deserving winner won't come out victorious every time.

Ibaka or DeRozan easily could have made the finals over Griffin or McGee. Unfortunately, they were ripped off by the judges which could have changed the outcome of the event.

Although Griffin walked away winning the popularity contest, I mean dunk contest, he didn't deserve it.

Do they not understand that people are just going to vote for their favorite player because they want to see them win?

Although the real winner did not win, hopefully the fans realize who should have won. This has happened too many times already and don't even get me started on Nate Robinson winning when he was in (just because you're small doesn't make the dunk any better!).

In this year's slam dunk contest, justice wasn't served, but overall it was the best selection of dunks we've seen in a while.


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