As true NBA fans, we all look forward to our teams’ games. The teams’ dynamic, key players, and fantastic shots taken on the court that hopefully do not result in a foul against your own team. However, every year the rules of the game get postponed so that the star players could showcase their athletic and artistic skills in the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game.
After all, during an NBA game, if you blink, you could potentially miss a dunk that would later be revealed as a top ten play, however during the Dunk Contest, it is nothing but top plays. Up until this year, I felt that the Dunk Contest was losing its edge and that I was hardly impressed with what I was witnessing. Sure, there might have been a dunk that was memorable, but nothing that kept me on the edge of my seat.
This year, I stand corrected. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves brought their a-game. Each round consisted of a dunk that surpassed the last which made it difficult to determine who could potentially win that round which resulted in five rounds to finally crown the overall winner.
If you ask me, I think Aaron Gordon was robbed especially during his fifth dunk which resulted in a 47 out of 50 which I think was a true miscalculation whereas Zach LaVine’s fifth dunk earned a 50 out of 50 which I felt was not as deserving but earned him the 2016 Winner of the Dunk Contest. Out of all of Aaron Gordon’s dunks, I have to agree with this week’s pick as it is also my favorite dunk.
Without further adieu, below is a clip of Aaron Gordon’s sweet dunk:
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Congrats to Lauren Oberle for picking this week’s play of the week.