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Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans agrees to terms to remain with Jazz

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He’s won the NBA Dunk Contest. He’s called the “human pogo stick.” He’s got plenty of NBA highlights but his game is not at the point he’s racking up a lot of NBA minutes.

Now Jeremy Evans is going to get three more years to prove he can be a part of an NBA rotation. The Salt Lake Tribune spoke with his agent and is reporting that Evans and the Jazz have reached a deal on three-year, $5.5 million contract.

The rail-thin 6’9” forward only got in 29 games for the Jazz last season and the minutes he saw were garbage time ones mostly (7.5 minutes per game in the games he got off the bench). That said, in his limited minutes he was very efficient — he shot 64.3 percent and had a PER of 19.6. Hopefully he can prove he can do that in extended minutes in the coming seasons.

He can start proving that at Summer League, where he will be part of the Jazz’s team in Las Vegas.

Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good.

Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are — the Dunk Contest needs some star power. He tweeted this:

It’s time for @KingJames, Mr Westbrook, Mr.Rose, and @DwyaneWade to get in the dunk contest

KD wants to see LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose or Dwyane Wade. So would we. We don’t even need all of them in a dream matchup, just one or two.

We know what it’s going to get to take LeBron to do the contest — $1 million. Not sure Westbrook and Rose would do it, but they would be interesting. So would Wade, but he said over the weekend that he is not going to do it.

You have to love the way KD didn’t nominate himself to do it, just others.

Video: Jeremy Evans dunks two basketballs over Gordon Hayward, wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz is your 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and this dunk is likely the reason why.

In a contest full of skits, props, and gimmicks, this one was relatively straightforward, but with an incredible degree of difficulty that made it one of the more pure and meaningful dunks of the night.

Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming (well, a cut out of him)

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

Clearly this is a staged video, with the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons “talking to the media” while Chase Budinger just happens to do a dunk over a cardboard cutout of Yao Ming in the background. Coincidentally.

Still, pretty cool. And this is why I hold out some hope for this year’s All-Star Dunk Contest — Budinger is very athletic and can throw it down. Just-added Jeremy Evans is a human pogo stick. Paul George is the favorite and threw down a big dunk in-game last night. There may not be star power but there is potential with this group. We’ll see what comes of it Saturday night.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.

Paul George your new Dunk Contest favorite, here’s why

Paul George

Iman Shumpert is out, Jeremy Evans is in — we’ve had All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest changes.

So, if you are a degenerate gambler and want to bet on this, how will this change impact you? Well, from the fine folks at Bovada here are the new odds.

Paul George (Pacers) 3/2
Jeremy Evans (Jazz) 11/4
Derrick Williams (Timberwolves) 3/1
Chase Budinger (Rockets) 4/1

Why is George the favorite? Watch the video above again.