4 Corners: Who will win the NBA slam dunk competition?

February 18, 2011

Who will be 2nd?

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

Well, that's an easy one. After all there are only four choices: Blake Griffin, What's His Name, The Other Guy and That Fourth Guy They Just Added.

Or, if we're being honest: Nobody.

The Slam Dunk Championship has been the Sham Dunk Championship for years, a tired competition where Nate Robinson gets retries until he actually reaches the rim. Even at his caped best, Dwight Howard was forced to throw the ball through the rim when he came up a few inches short.

When a shooting event featuring a WNBA player, a retired player and a fringe current star proves more entertaining, it says all that needs to be said about the moribund state of the contest.

The real question is who finishes as runner-up to Griffin. For our money, we'll go with What's His Name.

iwinderman@tribune.com

DeRozan in an upset

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

I'm probably going to want to dunk myself in a water vat when this prediction goes awry, but I'm picking DeMar DeRozan over Blake Griffin.

Anyone coached by Darryl "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam" Dawkins will have something creative to showcase.

Look, Griffin is an amazing dunker. Remember his dribble, spin and vicious dunk past the Knicks' Danilo Gallinari in November? I do. But can he replicate his stunning blend of athleticism and power in a staged setting? Probably. I just think DeRozan has a chance to do it better. And judges sometimes are more impressed by dunks from wing players as opposed to power players.

kcjohnson@tribune.com

Griffin in a landslide

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times

America — if not the world — now runs on dunkin'.

And it's Blake Griffin's fault.

He force-feeds television and Internet consumers head-shaking highlights every night. He's reliable, always there wooing us, making us addicted to his wow. Which we are.

And on Saturday night, fans will be there for him in the dunk contest finals, texting torrents of pro-Griffin votes to ice his landslide win after one of his maniacal slams blows the roof off the Staples Center.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who was robbed in last year's dunk contest finals against Nate Robinson, will look good coming in second, as Griffin becomes the second Clip to win a dunk title (Brent Barry, 1996).

Bet the farm on the country strong rook from Oklahoma. No way he loses.

bholmes@tribune.com

It's Griffin's to lose

Josh Robbins

Orlando Sentinel

This year's slam dunk contest is Blake Griffin's to lose. Already producing the NBA's most exciting rookie season in years, Griffin has the explosiveness, the momentum and the "wow" factor to . But most importantly, he'll have the hometown crowd on his side.

Magic center Dwight Howard, who won the 2008 competition, said, "There's no new dunk that anybody can make unless they're doing a double windmill or something like that. Everybody's seen every dunk." Howard's correct — to a point.

No one in this year's event dunks with the ferocity that Griffin does. "His dunks are vicious," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said of Griffin earlier this season.

That's what it'll take this year: power. That and the home crowd.

Griffin has both on his side.

jbrobbins@tribune.com

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