“This feels unbelievable,” Ross commented as he was holding the Sprite 2013 Slam Dunk Contest trophy. Ross was able to beat last year’s Dunk Contest winner Utah Jazz‘s Jeremy Evans in the final round of the contest. Ross got 58 percent of the fans vote to win the title of Slam Dunk Champion.
During the week leading up to All-Star Weekend, Ross felt that since he plays in Toronto no one really knows about him and this event would be his night to make his presence felt. The two favorites going into last night’s dunk contest were 2007 champion Gerald Green from the Indiana Pacers and James White from the New York Knicks. So Ross already had something to prove since both players that were favorites were from the East. Yet Ross was able to outshine those two as well as the contestants from the West.
Since the All-Star Weekend was in Houston the judges were all notable coaches or players from the Rockets past teams. The five judges were former Head Coach Rudy Tomjanovich and former Rockets stars Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.
On Twitter Fans mostly were venting their frustration in the early rounds as the dunks were so-so. Ross saved the best for last and there were some contestants like the favored James White that could not complete a dunk in the allotted time which bumped down their scores throughout the different rounds.
As stated earlier the final two were Terrence Ross and Jeremy Evans. Evans did have some great dunk ideas as well. The first dunk he performed in the final round was he used a prop that looked like a painting and it was covered by a cloth. He jumped over the painting and then revealed the painting to be a picture of the dunk he just performed. Plus it was his own artwork which he signed it after he unveiled the dunk.
His second dunk saw Evans show off his extension skills. He jumped over a player sitting on a Sprite box and extended his body as he leaped into the air and threw the ball down with intensity. Here are Evans last two dunks.
Yet those two final attempts from Evans was not enough and Ross won the contest. Here is a video recap of Ross’ dunks from last night.