Jan 20, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT
The foot surgery that has kept Brandon Jennings out of the Milwaukee Bucks lineup since before Christmas now will keep him out of the All-Star Dunk contest as well.
The change will become official on Thursday, with last year’s Dunk Contest runner-up, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, taking Jennings place, according to Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times.
This is a better fit.
Aside the fact he was injured (no small thing), Jennings is not a guy known for dunks. Lightning speed, good vision, sure. Dunks? No. Searches for videos of his dunking prowess led people back to Jennings high school days. There just wasn’t much to go on since then, and it was hard to see how he fit in with powerhouse dunkers like Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee and Serge Ibaka.
DeMar DeRozan on the other hand — he fits right in. DeRozan is a high flyer with plenty of highlight dunks and Dunk Contest experience. Last year in the contest he did a one-handed alley-oop while leaping over a teammate. You’ll find no shortage of videos depicting what he can do.
He’s still going to lose to Griffin, but at least it should be more competitive.
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