The NBA announced the participants for this year’s dunk and 3-point contests tonight before the Celtics-Lakers game on TNT. Both fields look pretty good this year and both competitions should be entertaining.
2013 dunkers: Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, James White, Eric Bledsoe, Jeremy Evans, Kenneth Faried.
My rankings: Terrence Ross, Gerald Green, Jeremy Evans, James White, Kenneth Faried, Eric Bledsoe.
I believe that this will be one of the best contests we have seen in years and the NBA did a good job in putting these players in this competition. I think the favorite has to be Terrence Ross. Ross is a rookie and is one of the most athletic players in the NBA. He definitely wants to win this competition. Gerald Green, a 2012 Net, is still one of the best dunkers in the league and can jump as high as anybody. Jeremy Evans, the defending champion from one of the most boring dunk competitions ever, is also very athletic and can jump nearly as high as Green. James White, Kenneth Faried, and Eric Bledsoe have small chances at winning this competition.
2013 shooters: Stephen Curry, Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner, Steve Novak, Paul George, Kyrie Irving.
My rankings: Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner, Steve Novak, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Paul George.
This is the kind of competition that Anderson, a former Net, will excel in. I like his chances in this competition even though he may not be the best pure shooter. Last year, Kevin Love won the shootout and some people don’t even consider him a 3-point shooter. Bonner and Novak are excellent spot-up shooters but don’t do much else on the court. Curry also has a good chance at winning, although he has proven this season that he can do more than just shoot. I am surprised to see Irving and George in this competition because I do not consider shooting their strengths.