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RaptorsHQ Sunday Poll - Is the NBA Dunk Contest Dead?

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Jeremy Evans jumps over comedian Kevin Hart.  Yawn...
Jeremy Evans jumps over comedian Kevin Hart. Yawn...


An obvious question for this Sunday after last night's All-Star Saturday Night fiasco.

"Is the NBA Dunk Contest Dead?"

Judging by the reaction on Twitter to the various dunks, it sure is. Let's look at a sample:

@JohnHollinger - Real winner of the dunk contest was Iman Shumpert, who at the last minute avoided having to be associated with it.

@teamziller - I miss the days when Serge Ibaka rescued teddy bears with his teeth.

@jeskeets - Derrick, you're not even close, man. #SMH

@basquiatball: I texted "This sucks" to the number

@netw3rk - Oh good! Skits! Now we just need props!

And on and on...

And let's be realistic. This was hardly a phenomenal affair. DeMar DeRozan even tweeted that he left to go for a walk.

But for those who think tonight was an abomination, I have to ask what other options there are.

Sure it would be great to see "non-prop" dunks, but haven't we seen most of these? I get the feeling that if there were no props and gimmicks, the contest instead of producing outrage, would produce yawns.

I mean Jeremy Evans lept over a full grown man (albeit not an NBA player), and the NBA Twitter community uttered "cool, but think I need another beer."

Seriously though - HE JUMPED OVER SOMEONE.

I'm all for more dunks like Evans' "two-balls-at-once" jam, my fave of the night, but I'm just not sure there are that many options left out there. NBA players have such a ridiculous athleticism now, that the only way to save the contest, might be to raise the rim.