When the NBA announced its fearsome foursome of dunk contest participants a week ago, most people reacted with indifference. It was hard to get too excited about a list with maybe one player who'd be a solid contestant in a good year (Paul George); the primary draws, at least for casual viewers, were the prospects of watching Jeremy Lin and Ricky Rubio as passers for Iman Shumpert and Derrick Williams, respectively. Shumpert is now out with left patella tendonitis, and so the NBA had to choose a replacement.
They picked Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz. If you're not familiar with his work, that's probably not your fault: Evans has played a total of 89 minutes this season and averages a mere 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. On the other hand, it was an inspired choice by the league, because Evans has dunking abilities few other players (famous or not) can match. At 6-9, he has the athleticism of a wing or guard.
If you don't believe me, check out the highlight mix above created especially to build support for Evans' dunk contest candidacy. Sometimes Internet campaigns work on the strength of their arguments. This one didn't even have to include Betty White.
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- Jeremy Lin
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