Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. may have had the best dunk of the Verizon Slam Dunk contest Saturday night, but the low score given to his first dunk — a 39 out of 50 — kept him out of the finals of the four-man competition.
The rookie wasn’t happy about it, and voiced his frustration on social media afterward.
What that look like?
— Dennis Smith Jr. (@Dennis1SmithJr) February 18, 2018
For his first attempt, Smith attempted a 360 windmill but could not convert. After the miss, he switched things up and slammed home a double-pump reverse jam, yielding a score of 39 from the judges.
Based on his tweet, Smith is not happy that dunk received a score of 39 when Victor Oladipo received a 31 despite missing all three of his attempts at a two-handed reverse windmill.
Smith’s second dunk resulted in the first perfect score of the night, and deservedly so. Watch this:
The combined total of those two dunks, 89, fell behind finalists Donovan Mitchell (98) and Larry Nance Jr. (93). And in the end, Mitchell, with a Vince Carter tribute as his finale, bested Nance Jr. to take home the victory.
You be the judge. Does Smith Jr. have a legitimate beef?
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