The annual NBA Slam Dunk Contest was already lacking a bit of luster when the original contestants were announced, but the latest reports indicate that the participants are changing. An injury to New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has opened a spot for Jeremy Evans, a second-year pro for the Utah Jazz.
It might not necessarily be for the better, but it can't get much worse. Evans is probably the furthest thing away from a household name that the NBA could find, considering he's averaging fewer than two points per game while playing less than any of his Jazz teammates.
Those types of statistics don't matter in the dunk contest, though. Evans has shown quite a few times in game situations that when he has the ball, it's likely going to be slammed through the cylinder -- even if he has to jump six feet and through a defending Gerald Wallace to do so.
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