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Dwyane Wade’s 2020 NBA dunk contest rigging conspiracy, explained

Did Wade really make Derrick Jones, Jr. win?

The 2020 NBA dunk contest might’ve been rigged. As a spectator, there’s just no way Aaron Gordon dunking over 7’5 Tacko Fall didn’t deserve a perfect score. (It received a 47-out-of-50, one point worse than champion Derrick Jones, Jr.) But we also have incriminating evidence.

Common, a rapper who was one of the judges, said “We thought it was going to be tied,” according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We were like, ‘This is a tie’ ... But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”

Then another judge, WNBA star Candace Parker, told Shelburne, “I ain’t throwing anyone under the bus ... but check the score card.”

Someone went rogue!

Hmm. Let’s review the tape.

Here’s the judge’s final results:

Parker gave a 10 out of 10. She’s cleared. As is Common.

That leaves us with three suspects: Dwyane Wade, Chadwick Boseman and Scottie Pippen. If Common is telling the truth, one of these three went out of his way to make Jones win.

Let’s take a deeper look at what we know about all three.

It was either:

  • Michael Jordan’s former teammate
  • The guy we all love from Black Panther
  • Or Jones’ former Miami Heat teammate

I wonder who had motive?

Cue the memes:

SB Nation is still gathering further evidence on the matter.