White Men Can Dunk

Rudy FernandezTotal Pro Sports-  The NBA has announced that Portland Trailblazers rookie Rudy Fernandez will be participating in this years Slam Dunk competition.

This year was the first time that fans got to vote for the final participant in the contest.  Rudy beat out fellow rookies Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Joe Alexander (Milwaukee Bucks).  He will be joined by defending champ Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), former champ Nate Robinson (New York Knicks) and high flier Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies).

This is a historic appearance for Fernandez, as it marks the first time a European born player will be taking part in the competition.  I would not bank on him to win it because Howard always has some crazy ideas up his sleeve, like Superman from last year and my personal favorite, the Sticker dunk from 2 years ago.

The last white guy to win the event was Brent Barry (Houston Rockets) in 1996.  Barry won the contest by doing a Micheal Jordan inspired dunk by taking off from the free throw line.

Regardless of what happens in the competition, Fernandez should do better than this guy.

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