The 2017 NBA Slam Dunk contest could put you to sleep

Don’t be surprised if the NBA scraps the Slam Dunk Contest next year.

February 19, 2017

Most people would claim the number 7 to be their lucky number. For some reason, people associate the number with power and luck. Don’t believe us? Let us show you how much the world is obsessed with the number 7:

  • Seven days of the week.
  • Seven colours of a rainbow
  • Seven continents
  • Seven seas
  • Shakespeare described the seven ages of man
  • Ian Fleming, for some reason, chose 007 to represent James Bond.

We could go on, but you get the drift. For a number held in such high regard, it’s a wonder how not many have noticed how much bad luck it has brought to the NBA - particularly the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest.

In theory, the Slam Dunk Contest is a recipe for success. Who doesn’t want to see the best ballers of our time take on promising rookies in a dunking showdown? The contest even gave us some incredible moments like Michael Jordan launching himself from the free-throw line, Spud Webb taking the contest by storm while standing up to a tiny 5-foot-7 frame and Vince Carter doing the Honey Dip and more.

Then in 1997, we witnessed the worst dunk contest ever. The once amazing and dazzling event became so sleep-inducing that the NBA was forced to scrap the event the following year. Even Kobe Bryant who won the contest as a rookie that year – and went on to retire undefeated in the contest – couldn’t save it.

Last year’s dunk contest was epic. We could wax lyrical about it, but that would just consume space. So we’ll just show you how great it was. 

After all that from last year, you couldn’t blame fans for being excited about this year’s event. Unfortunately, the 2017 edition of the contest never really took off. Even the commentators kept saying everything was good, just not great. 

That's not to say it didn't have the potential though. Especially when Aaron Gordon stepped up and brought an Intel drone (subtle plug, NBA) into the mix. Unfortunately, the man who finished runner-up last year despite scoring three consecutive 50s needed three attempts for his first dunk of the night. From then on everything just went downhill.

Glenn Robinson ultimately won the snooze fest, but that’s not everyone will take away from the show.

It's still too early to say, but with all the backlash, don't be surprised if the NBA decides to scrap the Slam Dunk Contest for next year's All-Star Weekend.