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2013 Slam Dunk Contest: Jeremy Evans will defend title against Green, Bledsoe, Ross, Faried, and James White

Feb 7, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Utah’s Jeremy Evans — the human pogo stick — will be back to defend his All-Star weekend Sprite Dunk Contest title.

But a repeat will not be easy because the NBA has lined up some high flyers to step up to challenge him — Gerald Green of the Pacers, James White of the Knicks, Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers, Terrence Ross of the Raptors, and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets. It all takes place All-Star Saturday night, Feb. 16 — and on paper this should be fun.

A lot of casual fans will look at the lineup and shrug. Who are these guys? The six participants lack the star power the league would love — LeBron James has said no, and Blake Griffin is not going to try and top himself — but if you follow the game you know these guys may be the best choices for this event. Guys like White and Green are dunk contest legends in other venues.

Then there is Evans, the little used Jazz forward (he’s stuck behind a good and deep front line) but is tall and skinny and jumps out of the building. He won it all last year with this dunk.

He’s going to have to top himself this year because there are some smaller guys who can get up — and little guys dunking usually beats big guys dunking.

That starts with Indiana’s Gerald Green, the 6’8″ forward who was built for this competition. He may have the best hops in the NBA — he can get his entire head over the rim. He has put together a collection of monster dunks in the past year or so, here is a personal favorite.

James “Flight” White is another guy where fans watching at home on TNT may say “who?” but who people who follow the game go “oh yes, nice choice.” White has bounced around the NBA and Europe since 2006 and he’s still getting paid because he is a freak athlete. And freak athletes can dunk the rock. White won a D-League dunk contest, he won one when he played in Russia, and he’s a plague all over YouTube with dunks. Here White is winning a dunk contest in Europe last season.

Finally there is Eric Bledsoe, who can get overlooked in the Lob City show with the Clippers but who can get up and throw down with the best of the guards in the league. Everybody likes his dunks… well, except Mark Cuban in this clip. And really, Cuban’s reaction is the reason to watch this.

Ross and Faried can each bring it, as well. This might be one of the more exciting dunk contests in recent years.

  1. starks3 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Glad for White but J R Smith should have been in it.

    • wspinden - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Go ahead. Ima let you finish but Vince Carter had one of the greatest dunks of all time!
      :)

  2. dirtyjerseysports - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    No LeHoe?

  3. collinhauffe - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    They should make it All stars only

  4. bullsrgreat1 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I say get rid of slam dunk contest and do the one on one thing espn had for its vote to c who win I mean who wouldn’t want to c Kobe n lebron play one on one till 11 I mean the slam dunk contest is a joke nobody knows these guys n it’s boring when it takes a guy ten tries to connect on one dunk

    • lebronownskobe - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      James White Green and T Ross are awesome dunkers retard just because they arnt big names dosnt mean anything

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    James White is my pick. The guy’s dunks in the college slam dunk competition were unbelievable. The guy has insane vertical and extreme creativity. I’ve been hoping for years he’d be in it!

  6. lebronownskobe - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Ross White and G Green? should be awesome but im not getting my hopes up because i will probably end up dissapointed like with the other contests

  7. willyridge - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Varied and Ross can “bring it” shame on you for Not doing your NBA research- this comment is coming str8 outta Toronto Ontario— Terrence Ross gon’ eat every last one of those guys— Anf to just throw Faried’s name in there at the end is just disappointing on your part- I guess you didn’t know they call him Manimal or even WHY they call him Manimal. Love the line up this year. Should be hype. I’m obviously going for “Like a Ross”

    PreHistoriC

  8. hannsta - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I have to admit, I prefer when the dunk contest doesn’t have a bunch of big names in it. Now people will actually vote for the dunks not the star or the car.

  9. nygdriveforfive - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Ross wins this easy

    • willyridge - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      You already know what’s up- u must be from the east coast- they don’t know about the kid- but their about to find out!

      -PreHistoriC

  10. puente1211 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    LAAAAAAAAAAAAME

  11. tomtravis76 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Its great for these guys to get a bit of spotlight on All Star weekend, but fans do want to see names they know.But then again who really knew Kenny Sky Walker, Dee Brown and in most cases Spud?

    Nothing will ever compare though to Jordan v Dominique.That was the line in the sand for fans when it came to the dunk contest. “Anything you can do I can do better”

    • kavika6 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      I’m still disappointed that Dominique lost.

  12. professoressadiesel - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Paul George got robbed last year.

    360 Windmill, in the dark…on the first try.

  13. yousuxxors - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    wish jr smith was in it

  14. kavika6 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Booorrrring.

  15. 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I’m LOVING this lineup!! Should be one of the better ones ever if they can refrain from making a specticle of the contest and leave Carrot Top’s chest of props where they belong in Vegas.

    My $$$’s on Green or White. ( hehee…green or white!)

  16. dko83 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Rooting for Faried and Bledsoe but they are longshots for sure with this lineup.

  17. abchome - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    I want Chris Anderson! He made the most entertaining Slam Dunk Contest ever by missing dunk after dunk after dunk… LOL

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