Dunk Contest 2017

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DeAndre Jordan leaps over DJ Khaled

Sofi Zeman, Co- Features Editor

Last year, we were left baffled by the mind-blowing dunks in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. But, many were not as equally impressed with this February’s All-Star Weekend.

     In 2016, Zach Lavine and Aaron Gordon made awe-inspiring dunks from the free-throw line, incorporating mascots, and hoverboards into their shots. At the end of the night, it was Lavine who won in a sudden death round of the contest, beating Gordon by three points.

     Speculations were raised over whether or not Gordon would participate in the 2017 contest after this loss.

     “ I’m not 100 percent sure. I kind of gave a lot in this last one and to be more creative would be difficult. I think I could do it, but I’m not sure if I’m going to,” said Gordon.

     This year, DeAndre Jordan jumped over DJ Khaled for the first slam of the contest. Gordon, coming off of an ankle injury, struggled throughout the competition from the start of the first round, getting eliminated in the second after attempting, and failing,  to use a drone in his shot. It was Glenn Robinson III who won, beating Derrick Jones Jr. in the final round with a reverse slam over three people.

     The public has responded via social media , making comments that a concoction of missed shots from Gordon and various dunks being similar to last year’s combined to make this year’s contest significantly less interesting than the year prior to it.

     “ Robinson wins, but we all lose for watching,” said Ananth Pandian from CBS Sports.