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DeMar DeRozan dunks way into real Dunk Contest

Feb 12, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

Unlike virtually every week on American Idol, the American voting public got one right.

Raptor rookie DeMar DeRozan won the dunk-off to earn a spot in the final four for the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, taking the popular vote with 61 percent over Clipper Eric Gordon. (DeRozan also won the Electoral College.)

We have no idea how many people voted, because the nation had the far superior option of watching the Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver. (Except on the West Coast, we were stuck.) The dunk-in was less exciting than finding out the Cayman Islands has a Winter Olympic team. Less-than-exciting is being kind; #fail would be the modern term.

DeRozan won because he made his dunks — including a between the legs hand switch one — on his first two tries. Gordon’s two dunks were better — a bounce off the backboard to himself, and a lob from OJ Mayo — but he went Nate Robinson, having to do the dunks multiple time to make them. The public counts that against him. As it should.

DeRozan now enters a dunk context against Shannon Brown, Gerald Wallace and two-time Dunk Contest winner Nate Robinson. All of whom have had a few weeks to think about the dunks they want to do, practice them and get advice from teammates. So, basically DeRozan is toast.

  1. Straight outta Cali - Feb 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    DeMar DeRozan did make his dunks, deserved the 61% votes in order to win the 4th spot in the 2010 dunk contest and will have his chance to do his rookie shine on 2/13/10!

  2. the video boss - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Geez, everytime I see blogs this good I just want mine to be there already! :) Great work.

  3. Rock - Feb 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    “the American voting public got one right”.
    correction: not just the American public. Fans from all over the world were allowed to vote.

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