HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — In what is sure to be one of the most futile experiments we have undertaken here at the hideout, we’ve been charged with selecting a dark horse candidate for the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest (or the Blake Griffin Invitational Slam and Jam or whatever you want to call it).
Since HT’s candidate (Indiana Pacers forward Josh “McBob” McRoberts) was flat-out ignored by the powers that be, we’ll do our best to muster some semi-genuine excitement for one of these three other dunkers to actually knock off BG, who will have the home court advantage during All-Star Weekend.
Of the three other contestants, Thunder big man Serge Ibaka intrigues us the most. There’s no question he’s a power dunker. But he’s not even our favorite dunker on his own team (Russell Westbrook gets the nod with James Harden right behind him). Still, the big fella has a mysterious quality that could serve him well on All-Star Saturday night (and rumor has it he won a dunk contest in Spain in 2008).
We know JaVale McGee will bring the funk that night. He’s got all the right stuff for a contest like this. Brandon Jennings was easily the most surprising pick, and not because we don’t believe he’s capable of bringing it in a dunk contest (so what if he’s only dunked five times since he’s been in the league). But he’ll be coming off that foot injury that required surgery. We’d argue that the Bucks need him healthy more than he needs to prove to anyone that he can compete in a dunk contest with the big boys.
Right now, we’re going with Ibaka as our upset pick. What about you?