We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve”. We’ve been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. Here at The Turf Sports, we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going. From the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.
Today: The 2020 NBA Dunk Contest, or How Aaron Gordon Got Robbed After Jumping Over Tacko Fall.
Couple of things here to start. Yesterday we put out a piece where our own Justin White ranked the best NBA Jerseys. If you needed any evidence as to why the Miami Heat came out on top, look no further than Derrick Jones, Jr. with the drip.
Derrick Jones, Jr., who celebrated his birthday by getting some air at the United Center, was one of the fresh faces we saw in 2020. Of the four contestants, only Jones Jr. and Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton came in with no experience, whereas the other two contestants came with hardware and some “almost” hardware.
Dwight Howard won the Dunk Contest back in 2008, a full twelve years prior to the Chicago Event. Defeating a field that included Gerald Green, Rudy Gay, and Jamario Moon, Howard’s signature Superman Dunk took center stage. Of course, because he’s contractually obligated to remind us of such, Howard brought out the cape this year too, adding a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in the process.
The other Dunk Contest contestant has had much more recent success in the dunking arena if you could call it that. Aaron Gordon, the Orlando Magic’s high-flying star, most recently lost out to Zach LaVine in 2016 by three points.
The following two years Gordon would fail to even make the finals. Most recently in 2019, Gordon didn’t even compete. So, can 2020 change his luck?
IT SHOULD HAVE. IT SHOULD HAVE CHANGED HIS LUCK.
Look, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but this is one of the most frustrating Dunk Contest endings of all-time. Why? Because Aaron Gordon clears Tacko Fall, who is 7-foot-5. Derrick Jones, Jr? His dunk was from a step in front of the free-throw line.