Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Here are Dennis Smith Jr.'s Slam Dunk Contest Jams

Here are Dennis Smith Jr.'s Slam Dunk Contest Jams

Instead, Nance Jr. had to enlist the help of his father, former dunk champ Larry Nance, to deliver passes on time and on target.

The rookie is paying homage to Darrell Griffith, a fellow Louisville alum that participated in the event in back-to-back seasons (1984-85) coincidentally for the Utah Jazz as well.

Mitchell, the rookie from the Utah Jazz, tore off his jersey and wore a Vince Carter Raptors jersey for his final dunk - a 360 slam from Carter's 2000 contest win. "This is one of my favorite events of All-Star Weekend, growing up as a kid watching it, not only being in it but to win it, it's insane". "To not only be in it, but to win it, it's insane". He racked up an aggregate score of 196 across four total dunks and beat out Larry Nance, the final round.

Mitchel's sister, Hart and the comedian's son, crouched in a line in front of the basket. My goodness. I'm not sure I can recall anyone who cocks the ball as far back as Mitchell before each dunk. His second dunk, a half-turning one-hander that started from the baseline, didn't really feel like a "wow!" moment. His jersey may be lifted in the Vivint Arena rafters, among the retirees, but Mitchell has made a decision to carry on that legacy. Five judges scored every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.

Nance Jr., then pulled off one of his dad's dunks - a cradle, single-handed windmill fading away from the hoop.

The Spurs do not have a player that won the Dunk Contest.

At his media availability on Saturday afternoon, Nance Jr. said, "Obviously it would mean so much more if I got to hold the trophy above my head the same way my dad did". Would the Cleveland Cavaliers forward have come out on top had the Los Angeles Lakers not traded him prior to the February 8 deadline? "It's pretty cool, I just got this to pay tribute". "It's something I will cherish forever".

Dennis Smith Jr. of the Mavericks and Victor Oladipo of the Pacers were eliminated in the first round.

The previous record in the event was 27 points, set by Golden State Warriors' star Steph Curry in 2015 and matched by Thompson in 2016.

"Believe it or not, I've been preparing for this since I was a kid, like what am I going to do?" Booker, who once scored 70 points in a game last season, finished with 28 points in the last rack, to Thompson's 25 and Harris' 17. Eleven months after the shooting guard dropped 70 points against Boston to become the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to score even 60 in a game, Booker added another accolade to his promising career with the 3-Point title.

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