Fans tune into the NBA All-Star weekend. Every year one of the more viewed events is the Slam Dunk Contest and this year was no different. Fans watch to be shocked with what new ideas the contestants come up with as they want to see something never seen before. The one contestant the world can trust to give us fresh new ideas is Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic.
In 2016, the world witnessed the greatest slam dunk contest in NBA history, no offense to the 2000 contest. There’s an old saying that goes like, “history tends to repeat itself.” And it’s not always a good thing. Just ask Gordon. In both 2016 and 2020, he went into a dunk off where he lost even though the dunk he did had not been seen before. What’s crazier is that Derrick Jones Jr. won off a dunk Zach Lavine used to beat Gordon years prior.
Gordon felt sure he won. It all came down to sudden death. So much had happened already that the crowd screamed for Gordon to jump over 7’5 Tacko Fall. He did and somehow still lost, shocking the world…again. The whole thing is controversial.
In the 2009 Slam Dunk contest, in Nate Robinson‘s final dunk, he jumped over Dwight Howard and won the contest. During this year’s contest final round/sudden death, Jones Jr. did a between the legs from the free throw line receiving a 48 (Lavine did this dunk against Gordon in 2016). In addition, the Tacko Fall dunk got a 47.
In the 2016 contest, Gordon did a dunk where he had his team mascot on a spinning hover board holding a ball. Gordon took the ball, performing a 360 and slamming it home for a score of 50. This was immediately after Lavine does the same dunk without the props and receiving a 50. The competition should have ended there but it didn’t. That’s when Gordon pulled out a triple pump from the baseline and was awarded a 47. He ultimately lost when Lavine was awarded a 50 for a windmill from inside the free throw line.
Gordon was asked how he feels about the result, replying, “I feel like I should have two trophies,” thus adding that he is done with the dunk contest. In Gordon’s case, as devastating as it is, all he can do about it is move on with his life and professional career. The 24-year-old still has a great career ahead of him. In other words, his future is bright.