Drummond, who made it as an injury replacement for Washington Wizards guard John Wall, didn't hold back when he was asked at media day Saturday why he wasn't picked earlier.
"It was insane", Mitchell reflected. It does not come as a surprise that Nance wanted one of the best passers in the league to feed him some on-point dimes.
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The other competitors are Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, Dallas Maverick Dennis Smith Jr., and Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell who is in as a replacement for Aaron Gordon. "He gave me a couple of pointers, and I'm not going to share them. So, if I just jump high, people would like to see that". Wearing short shots, Mitchell changed plans after missing his first dunk. He lobbed the ball to himself on the glass, then tipped it a second time above the rim and dunked on the second effort. The Greenwich, Conn., native is now averaging the second-most points ever by a Jazz rookie (Darrell Griffith, 1980-81, 20.6 ppg). "Congrats, D!" Griffith said. He also became the first player to ever win back-to-back dunk titles.
Vince Carter's 2000 dunk contest-as it is known-was not just one dunk. TNT's Kenny Smith was a big advocate of Nance's dunk, but the judges decided in favor of Mitchell. I wasn't really much of a basketball player.
Because the second tap was hard and perhaps impossible to see live, Nance had to point to the video screen for fans to watch the replay. "I've been seeing what he's been doing all year at his age, which is incredible". The player with the best time wins.
OK, Mitchell deserves to be a fixture in the dunk contest for as long as he wants.
When it comes to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, the new Cavs forward has the competition in his blood - literally. Here's where you can watch tonight's festivities! "So, I figured, you know, at my size if I was able to get it, it would be a great dunk and a way to finish it, you know".