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
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:
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 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)
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.