The reigning champ knows what the Utah fans came here to see.
Jeremy Evans won one of the worst Slam Dunk Contests in history last year, thanks to a fan vote and pretty much process of elimination, but he went big — REALLY big — with his first dunk, bringing out 7-foot-5-inch Jazz legend Mark Eaton, sitting down, to jump over. It was pretty swell.
He took a number of attempts before he eventually executed it, and scored a 47 anyway. Evans is a tall dude, to say nothing of Eaton, but this dunk could have used a bit more pizzazz. Maybe a double-clutch, maybe put Eaton a little further back and have him toss it over his head, à la Josh Smith and Kenyon Martin. This just feels a little flat.
Mark Eaton: still stopping shots at the rim.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 17, 2013
These judges have been giving gifts. Yao and Hakeem are notoriously charitable people. I would have probably held up a 9, but I would have been thinking about an 8.