Dunk Porn: Every Dunk From the 2011 Dunk Contest (Video)

Dunk Porn: Every Dunk From the 2011 Dunk Contest (Video)

If you're like me and can't stand watching the Slam Dunk Contest in real time, you DVR'd it or forgot to. If you were watching the Dunk Contest in real time, you missed Nonito Donaire commit a brutal KO on Fernando Montiel, which should be the indisputable OMG! sports moment of the weekend.

The first round was one of the better that I can remember. All four -- Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, and DeMar DeRozan -- were daring and creative. DeRozan and Ibaka didn't advance to the finals, but DeRozan had one of the three, if not the best, dunks of the night; and Ibaka dunked from behind the free throw line. McGee's plan was to be a bit of a juggler, simultaneously dunking two balls in two hoops and even dunking three balls in a different dunk.

The Blake won, but it was obviously political, being in L.A., and making an irrelevant team relevant by becoming one of the three most exciting players to watch in the game. The finals are decided by viewers texting, so the winner was expected. But it's all an exhibition in good fun and he finished an alley-oop over a car, FFS. Griffin lost a close childhood friend to cancer earlier in the week and plans to give the trophy to his late friend's family.

Anyway, here they are. The 2011 Slam Dunk Contest in ten minutes (h/t: The Hoop Scene):

My personal Top Five dunks (with honorable mention to the seven-foot McGee going baseline and dunking from under the backboard):

5.) Blake dunked over a friggin' car:

The entertainment value was great. It was the only dunk where Blake used a prop or gimmick and it was great. Baron Davis tossing him the alley-oop from inside the car through the sunroof is even better.

What made it amazing was the choir. Maybe it was already planned, but in the context of the monumentally trying week with which the 21-year-old rookie superstar has been challenged, the big picture of it all sealed the deal.

4.) McGee simultaneously dunking two balls in two hoops:

Being a seven-footer limits the acrobatics of a contestant, so I love that he was creative to plan dunks that displayed his length as entertaining.

3.) Ibaka from behind the FT line:

Dr. J, Jordan, and Brent Barry stepped over the line in their FT line dunks. Not Ibaka. He was behind it. That was cool.

2.) Blake's tornado:

This wasn't a normal 360. Going up with one hand and bringing it into a two-hand disrupts the body rotation. It was The Blake's first of the night and his best, if you ask me. It showcased his freakish athleticism, creativity, and a swagger that makes you smile when you understand how humble and slightly tongue-in-cheek it is.

1.) DeRozan's "Show Stopper":

In my basketball world, this stopped the show. I love these types of dunks and like Ibaka's FT line dunk, he nailed it on the first try. Very creative, athletic, and entertaining. The only dunk that had me going, "Oh my GOD! Holy shit! Holy shit!" for a while.

Steph Curry, what are you doing?

Stephen Curry won the Skills Contest over Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, John Wall, and the sad sight of the obviously injured Chris Paul. The contest was sponsored by Taco Bell and each contestant was playing for a kid to get a scholoarship.

But Curry was kinda' creepy on the bench. Don't get me wrong, I love Curry, and defaulted to it all being innocent -- until this (h/t: jose3030):

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"Stephen, why don't you have a seat over there...."

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  • Look, these dunks are beauty in the eye of the beholder. Personally, that Griffin jumping "over a car" really just over the hood of the car means that his choir and car prop were what was superior about his performance, not the dunk itself. Did the NBA want Blake Griffin to win the dunk contest as the future Michael is to who he's been compared by many, of the league? Of course they did.

    That jump over the hood of a car.. big deal. And Javale's dunk where he hung on the rim to dunk that third ball was cheating. The best dunk in my view was Serge Ibaka's leap from the free throw line. Granted he didn't dribble, but still, a big man leaping all the way legitimately from the free throw line to dunk.. ? I mean give me a break that was the best along with Javale's baseline "lookback reverse windmill jam" that was hilarious. Those two should hav been in the finals.

    And Kenny "the Mouth(Jet)" Smith just made me want to vomit. You talk about a guy full of himself. If you want to see something funny watch the video of his bucktooth gobber ass on draft night/the night he was drafted. Too much. Oh well, it is television/packaged product city. So Blake "congratulations" on your hyped choir/car/preordained victory.

    Though I will say Blake is a very charismatic/comes across as a very cool/star quality persona. And he's definitely the best in game dunker/Human Hilight II in the league. So maybe he earned it from his regular season rep/performances.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Can you remember the last Dunk Contest where not one contestant is just a generally annoying human being? I think this is the first one where I wasn't actively rooting against someone.

    It's all completely subjective and in the moment, many variables outside of the dunk itself drive the emotional sway. Especially in the building.

    It's an exhibition. Literally a television product for sponsors to put some money in the league's pot and provide nothing more than entertainment. There's really no pretense of anything like a genuine competition with clear winners and losers. It's for fun.

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    IMO it didn't used to be that way so much. Yes, Michael at times had favoritism in the voting most notably against Dominique. And inept/misjudged dunks have always ocurred. But I believe old school would at least sort of try to see who actually had the best dunks(though Michael at times did get "enthusiastic" unfair scores IMO).

    And as you say there's no pretense of a genuine competition. Which is lame in my view. Without true competition there's no point in it for me. I know, you're going to say competition shouldn't matter, but it does for me, and that's that. Like I said, Serge's free throw line dunk was a 50. And Javale's baseline lookback/reverse windmill was also a 50. Those two should have battled in the finals. Blake's elbow dunk just shows how high he can jump vertically with no timing challenges/difficulty. And his spins would have been awesome if he could have converted on the high torque legit ones. But he botched those, and then slowed it down where the challenge/difficulty/impressiveness was way lower. And that thing with the car, the choir, and Kennny blathering was just complete hyped bullshit. I know you say that's all this "contest" exhibition is, but I disagree that it didn't used to be such a phony image driven farse, but a real asessment of dunk difficulty and entertainment level minus the stupid themes and props.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I wouldn't romanticize the competition level of the "old school" contests like that or suck the fun out of a meaningless vaudeville act. It's always been an image driven farce. That's what vaudeville acts are. There's no objective way to score them, so just keep it light and enjoy the show.

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    Dude, relying on conventional wisdom and hip(?) cynacism isn't always the answer. Dunk contests used to have some real judging, and I think you can at least somewhat objectively agree on who has the top two or three dunks. Javale's baseline reverse windmill and Ibaka's foul line leap were the best. Ask Doug or Barkley they both said the same thing.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    'Objectively agree' is misleading in the way you're using it. Opinions are similar or the differ to varying degrees, but the objective reality is completely independent of opinion. There's no way to objectively score such a competition, therefore it's completely subjective. It's why it's best to just have fun with it and limit the pretense of a decisive competition.

    Most important, it doesn't count for anything. There's no loss in your opinion not being reflected in the results.

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