The NBA Dunk Contest has been waiting for Superman to save it, but as it turns out not even he -- nor Krypo-Nate -- could pull off such a feat. So up next is a tall new crop of contestants headlined by Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who is joined by Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Wizards center JaVale McGee and Bucks guard Brandon Jennings.
But you already knew all that (word travels fast on the Internet), and The Works already gave us a must-read breakdown of the field. So ... what is left? Well, mostly YouTube videos.
It's too difficult to pick your favorite Blake Griffin dunk of the season. To narrow it down, instead try picking your favorite dunk he's had against the Knicks.
In the end, this contest could not exist without Griffin. Not without picketing. If you aren't already ecstatic about Griffin's inclusion, watch the video NBA.com published early by accident (via Get Banged On) yesterday to promote the appearance.
Do people outside of NBA fanatics and Oklahomans know about Serge Ibaka? Because the man can get up in the air. Let's get right to the evidence (KABAAM!).
It also should be helpful that Ibaka can not only jump, but is capable of human flight (via @freedarko).
I can't remember a contestant who received more attention for a missed than a make during the season he was selected to participate. But the committee must have been impressed by McGee's optimism.
Here's one where McGee actually put it down. The salute is a nice touch.
If picking a favorite Blake Griffin dunk is hard, remembering a notable Brandon Jennings dunk might be even more difficult. But Jennings is an impressive athlete and a quick search shows that he can in fact dunk. Here's some proof from his pre-NBA days.
Jennings could emerge above the trees to win this one if (as pointed out by Brew Hoop) his broken foot (!) has healed properly by All-Star Weekend.