Jordan is a fantastic in-game dunker due to his ability to position himself for dunk opportunities and elevate quickly. His best slams involve dunking on somebody.
Those skills are less important in the dunk contest, where there are no defenders to escape or jump over. Jordan can leap over props, including people, but they won’t be trying to stop him — which means, to win, Jordan would need to show creativity we haven’t seen from him before.
Simply, most of the reasons centers tend to fare poorly in the dunk contest apply to Jordan.
Still, as potentially the only All-Star in the event, he’d bring star power and athleticism. Given his great in-game dunking, I’d like to see him at least try. I mean, just watch this:
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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.
New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.
That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.
First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.
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That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron James‘ cachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.
Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.