Mitchell leads the class in throwback dunk contest

From ESPN - February 17, 2018

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is the main event of All-Star Saturday night, and arguably the most subjective moment of the weekend. Here's how the high-flying quartet graded out in an exhibition of showmanship that included tributes to three legendary dunkers.

Donovan Mitchell
Guard | Grade: A

Round 1: 48 + 50 = 98

Round 2: 50 + 48 = 98

From start to finish, Mitchell was consistent, rarely missing any dunks and scoring at least 48 on every attempt. He started by bringing out a second basket, using the backboard for a self-pass he finished with a windmill dunk.

Later, Mitchell became the second contestant to honor a participant in the 1984 dunk contest, donning a retro Jazz jersey of Darrell Griffith -- AKA Dr. Dunkenstein. Wearing short shots, Mitchell changed plans after missing his first dunk. He brought out actor and comedian Kevin Hart and Hart's son, along with his sister Jordan, and dunked over all three on a lob off the side of the backboard for a 50.

In the finals, Mitchell started by going off the backboard to pull the ball way back for a powerful dunking, earning another 50. He finished up by changing jerseys again and paying tribute to Vince Carter with a Toronto Raptors uniform. Mitchell went nearly 360 (it was actually about 320) and dunking going away from the basket. While Mitchell imitated Carter's famous "it's over" symbol, there was drama before knowing whether he would get the score of 47 or better necessary to win. He beat that by one point to emerge as champion.

Victor Oladipo
Guard | Grade: D

Round 1: 31 + 40 = 71

Unfortunately, Oladipo might have spent too much time setting up the props for his second dunk. Oladipo went over to "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, sitting courtside, to get the mask Boseman's character wears in the hit movie that opened Friday. Wearing the mask, Oladipo missed a windmill attempt, then went hard pump into a windmill for a score of 40. He missed all three attempts on his first dunk, trying to bounce pass into a windmill with a reverse finish.


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