Terrence Ross’s Slam Dunk Contest Championship Performance in Super Slow Motion (Videos)
The NBA Slam Dunk Contest always inspires mixed feelings. On the one hand, unless you really enjoy watching B-list celebrities playing basketball, or watching basketball superstars play no defense whatsoever, the Dunk Contest is clearly the most entertaining aspect of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. On the other hand, every time I watch it, I can’t help but fantasize about what the contest would look like if the game’s biggest superstars took part.
However, the reality is that the Slam Dunk contest is not for superstars. It’s contested by up-and-comers. The league likes to make the event a kind of coming out party for guys they think have big (marketable) potential—like Blake Griffin in 2011. And in the end, it doesn’t really matter who competes. As long as the players selected for the dunk contest put on a show, I’m happy.
And this year I was definitely happy. The 2013 Slam Dunk Contest was won by Toronto Raptors rookie Terrence Ross. He became the second Raptor to win the contest, the other of course being some guy named Vince Carter, who was pretty okay at dunking.
After starting off a little shaky, Ross seemed to gain confidence and momentum after nailing a behind-the-back one-handed dunk and earning a perfect score. From there he moved on to a nice 360°, a Vince Carter-tribute tomahawk (complete with a vintage Vince Carter Raptors jersey), and a contest winning dunk in which he leaped over a ball boy—the son of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.
Here’s a look at Ross’s dunks in regular speed:
And here they are in Phantom super-slow motion:
What do you think?
Personally, I’d say it’s not the greatest winning performance of all time, but Ross was definitely a worthy champion.