Blogtable: One player you’d love to see in 2016 Dunk Contest?

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One player you’d love to see in Dunk Contest?

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> One player you’d love to see in next week’s Dunk Contest?

David Aldridge, TNT analyst: Besides LeBron? I’ll settle for Jordan Clarkson. He’s violent above the rim and fun to watch.

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comI could say Steph Curry, just because he’s having a magical season already and it would go against the grain of expectations. Or Derrick Rose, who doesn’t dunk anymore and could use the contest to break through whatever injury anxiety remains. Or LeBron James, just because he hasn’t done one. But I’ll play it straight and say Andrew Wiggins, who needs to have some fun and act his age (20). Wiggins, with Karl-Anthony Towns taking over as the new Timberpup, has been thrust into bigger role as a so-called veteran. But he’s still on his way up – as he could demonstrate from way, way up in the Dunk Contest.

Fran Blinebury, Kobe Bryant. Turn back the clock for old times sake.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comRonald Roberts Jr., but that would mean someone signing him out of the NBA D-League very, very soon. (Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing for non-dunk reasons as well.) Blake Griffin would be a fun watch as well, likely full of theatrics, but this is not possible either. Among available players, Russell Westbrook, Gerald Green and Giannis Antetokounmpo come to mind. Westbrook would be the first choice, but “The Greek Freak” could be amazing with that size.

Shaun Powell, NBA.comWell, the defending champ is quite the entertainer near the rim, so give me Zach LaVine. I’m sure Victor Oladipo would like a shot at redemption and perhaps another attempt at rapping on the mic as well, but for my money, LaVine is creative enough to give the event some pop and keep the TV audience fixated.

John Schuhmann, I’d like to see Andrew Wiggins challenge teammate Zach LaVine for the crown, with Andre Miller throwing lobs to both of them.

Sekou Smith, Andrew Wiggins. What could be better than going home for the Dunk Contest with a built-in advantage in what is sure to be a raucous home crowd? Plus, dunk contests are for young legs and guys who are in their physical primes. Wiggins is a highlight-reel finisher and certainly has all the tools necessary to dazzle the crowd in Toronto. Plus, a dunk off between Wiggins and his Timbwerolves teammate Zach LaVine would make for must-see-TV for anyone that still loves the All-Star Saturday night showcase.

Ian Thomsen, Andrew Wiggins. I’m not the biggest fan of the Dunk Contest, but I would like to see the best Canadian athlete feeding off the energy of his fans in Canada.

Lang Whitaker,’s All Ball blog: If it hasn’t happened by now it will most likely never happen, but how about LeBron James? The guy has spent the last decade executing awesome in-game dunks, while refusing to compete in the actual Dunk Contest. LeBron has publicly kicked around the idea, though never committing to competing. He has such a unique combination of power and speed, and he’s clearly creative, that I think that even now on the other side of 30, LeBron could still win the Dunk Contest.


  1. M3MPH1S says:

    i dont think that deandre jordan would be good in dunk contest. Hes a good in game dunker, but i just think it would be as entertaining in an actual contest. Pretty much just lobs.

  2. Drago says:

    I would like some real dunkers to participate get some street preformers and make it interesting.I saw guys who do behind the beack 360’s and even 720’s in their sleep.Only Zack Levine had a few dunks last year and there are clearly better dunkers out there.Why bore the audience with boring contest’s when you can’t even get 2 decent dunkers anymore.

  3. Farewell for KB24 says:

    I believe if they add Old School dunk contest, for those players above 33 or 35 years old in dunk contest, will be fun to watch. even use the players who already retired.
    I’m still fan to see such Kobe, Vince, Kevin Garnett, manu Ginobili, & some others

  4. junior says:

    If Gerald green and Zach Levine is in it … Trust me that’s all you need right there

  5. KingTee says:

    What about vince carter? It’s Toronto and I know he’s still got some juice

  6. Lyman says:

    Nikoloz Skitishvilli

  7. RealTalk says:

    LeBron doesn’t have enough finesse… that’s why he hasn’t done it and just talks himself up onto a pedestal.

  8. Lonewolf says:

    A sleeper with bounce on a sub par team is Larry Nance Jr.

  9. Fefe (Nets) says:

    The fields of participants should be, in my opinion:

    Zach LaVine
    Andrew Wiggins
    Aaron Gordon
    Jonathan Simmons or DeAndre Jordan

  10. Brian says:

    westbrook,stanley johnson,andrew wiggins,zach lavine

  11. jojoiscool says:

    andrew wiggins,zach lavine,Aaoron Gordon,and DeAndre Jordan would be fun to watch

  12. sports fan says:

    LeBron should do it this year & he could actually win it. He shouldn’t worry about losing nor should he worry about what everyone expects him to do. If he doesn’t enter the slam dunk contest soon then he’ll go down in history as a great dunker who never entered the contest. If he wants to become a GOAT then he has to at least compete in one of these.

  13. Kris says:

    Derrick Williams!

  14. idolisMJ says:

    i want andrewwiggins, geraldgreen, zachlavine, russelwestbrook, jordanclarkson, demarderozan, deandrejordan w/out the lob and lebron if he really just wanna be like mike xD

  15. Micey says:

    Will LeBron James be in the 2016 dunk contest

  16. Name (required) says:

    Jonathan Simmons can throw down some vicious dunks. I’d like to see him show off.

  17. Dave says:

    Totally agree with those who said it before: LeBron will not compete because he doesn’t want to risk losing. It’s not just his ego at stake, but his global image as the best. If he lost in the dunk contest it would call that image into question.

  18. jason says:

    Aaron Gordon for sure, wouldn’t even be fair…

  19. tommy says:

    aaron gordon is a best to he beat them in high school

  20. Sl.55 says:

    DeAndre Jordan, LeBron, Westbrook, Gerald Green – it would be great!

  21. thomas says:

    cant forget about Aaron goron

  22. skywalkerrr says:

    jerami grant

  23. spit says:

    brian cardinal

  24. giovanni says:

    Russell westbrook

  25. KB says:

    Giannis Antetokounmpo was in it last year are we BLIND?? And he was NOT good. I agree with Wiggins and LaVine.

    • artifex says:

      Wiggins is (unfortunately) officially out!
      I agree with Clarkson. The only times I see his name appear is the weekly players with the worst +/-. So that would do him good.
      Another one could be Tobias Harris…

  26. rye says:

    Will Barton, Gerald Green, Zach LaVine, Giannis Agudbxghyzexgquipo. 😀

  27. Aakaash says:

    I say Andre Iguodala

  28. Zach Lavine and Andrew Wiggins definitely. They are on the same team, but who says that they can’t compete against each other for once? I think Russell Westbrook should also be thrown in there because of the way he dunks and how many times he dunks. For Steve Aschburner, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Who would even think to put Stephen Curry in a dunk contest?

  29. verkleyalex says:

    Clearly it should be Wiggins vs Lavine in Toronto. If this weekend is also serving as a celebration of how far Canadian basketball has come, putting Canada’s best athlete in the dunk contest would be a perfect way to finish off Saturday night.

    Another thing would be to add Vince in as a dunk contest judge. He should be involved in some way since if it wasn’t for him, there would be no Raptors and no All-Star weekend in Toronto

  30. bodjee says:

    If the dunk contest was done properly, most NBA player would want to participate; With that said, I still would like to see what Porzingis can bring to a dunk contest.

  31. donny lutz says:

    LeBron will never compete in the Slam Dunk. His ego is way too large, and he could not stand losing, – he won’t take that chance.