Jeremy Evans may only be averaging 5.6 minutes per game for the Jazz, but this was his weekend to shine as he took the Slam Dunk Competition in Orlando with a mixture of props, creativity, and vertical leaping ability. His second dunk of the night was having his teammate toss two balls in the air that he then dunked one handed, while leaping over his teammate. This was his second dunk of the night folks. Clearly, Evans came to play.
The real surprise was that Evans was even in the competition. He only got added at the last second when New York guard Iman Shumpert had to pull out with an injury. Evans grabbed 29% of the 3 million votes cast to walk away with the hardware. This is the first-ever dunk trophy to be won by a member of the Utah Jazz.
Other notables in the running for the crown were Houston’s Chase Budinger who pulled off a blindfolded dunk and Paul George that dunked over a 7 ft 2 inch teammate with his first dunk. It was anyone’s competition to win as both George and Budinger had significant crowd support down in Orlando and had many spectators pulling for them.
In a notable departure from past competitions, this is the first year the audience was given complete voting power over the winner. Fans simply needed to text message in their vote after each of the participants competed in three one-dunk rounds.
Some of Evans’ other dunks included him dunking with a camera on his head and his donning a Karl Malone jersey to dunk over mailmen dresses comedian Kevin Hart. Budinger gave Evans the closest run for his money and many in the Amway Center felt he should have won. In the end though, it doesn’t matter who’s doing the voting, we’ll always have controversy in picking our favorite dunker of the year.
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