Dwyane Wade came away as the biggest villain on Saturday night after his decision led to Derrick Jones Jr. being named as the winner of the 2020 dunk contest.
Wade was among the judges who docked points from Aaron Gordon’s epic final dunk, when he leaped over 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall. Gordon received a 47 and lost what should’ve been his second dunk title.
After the dust had settled, Wade defended his actions.
“It took nine rounds. I mean, it wasn’t biased. I wasn’t the only one who gave him a 9, let’s talk about that. There was three people that gave a nine. But people are going to talk,” Wade said after the contest, via Complex Sports. “Aaron Gordon is not going to lose any sleep about not winning a dunk contest. He’s one of our better NBA players and one of the young stars in this league. But it was entertainment, and at the end of the day, as judges, we had to come up with a winner. It was unfortunate, but we had to.”
As a result of Derrick Jones Jr. winning — Gordon is not likely to participate in the event ever again.
“It’s a wrap, bro. It’s a wrap. I feel like I should have two trophies,” Gordon told reporters, via The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver.
Such a shame for a guy that has provided fans with some of the most creative dunks in NBA history.