First off, I would like to congratulate Donovan Mitchell for winning the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest. You put on one hell of a show, and it was fun to watch.
Having said that, and this goes for ALL CONTESTANTS; if you are going to try the same dunk multiple times, you should be docked points for misses. It’s like a kid getting a three letter buffer in a spelling bee after the first kid spelled floccinaucinihilipilification correctly on the FIRST TRY!
But before I elaborate, when I say MISSED DUNK, I’m talking about the ball making contact with the rim in some fashion. I’m not an asshole; I’m not going to dock a guy points for screwing up his run to the basket, or his timing. If it HITS THE BASKET in any fashion, that’s a miss in my book.
Take Dennis Smith Jr.’s second dunk of the night; the between-the-legs 360. He had three attempts to land his dunk, and took ALL THREE to make it. And what did he end up getting………….a 50!?
Now granted, I have to give Dennis Smith Jr. credit, that was one hell of a dunk. If he made it on the first try, that would ABSOLUTELY deserve a 50.
But 50’s shouldn’t come after misses. When I see missed dunks, I just get more annoyed than anxious. All I’m thinking is; “Just make the damn dunk! I see what the hell you’re trying to do, and you haven’t accomplished it yet.” Missing dunks just takes away from the “edge of your seat” feeling that you get. Why reward a guy with a 50, when the air has already been sucked out of the building after the first two attempts?
And when they finally nail the dunk, all I have to say is; “FINALLY!!!”
But when you can hit it on your first attempt, the buzz in the arena is ELECTRIC! You got people breaking out their phones, posting to social media with the caption; “What the hell just happened?”
But Dennis Smith Jr. wasn’t the ONLY guy from this past Saturday that this happened to. Larry Nance Jr., in THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND, posted a 50 for his “double tap” off the backboard.
HE MISSED THE FIRST ATTEMPT!? Granted, it was a great dunk, but wouldn’t it be more of a “breathe taking” dunk if he got it right off the bat?
In the end, it’s all hype. How much hype a guy could build up will help him in the long run. But it’s BORING seeing multiple shots at one dunk. SO if you’re going to put on a show, have more than one dunk in your repertoire!
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