Posted February 16, 2014

John Wall leads Eastern Conference to 2014 Slam Dunk Contest title

2014 All-Star Weekend, Ben Golliver, Ben McLemore, Damian Lillard, Drake, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Paul George, Shaquille O'Neal, Slam Dunk Contest, Terrence Ross
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John Wall was named Dunker of the Night by a fan vote. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS — John Wall, Paul George and Terrence Ross of the Eastern conference won the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest, prevailing over the Western conference at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. Wall was named “Dunker of the Night” as voted on by fans.

The Wizards’ All-Star guard provided the highlight of the night when he jumped over the Wizards’ mascot, G-Man, who held a ball over his head. Wall retrieved the ball, double-clutched and then threw down a two-handed reverse dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

That dunk lifted Wall past Ben McLemore, giving  the East a clean 3-0 sweep in the “Battle” round of the contest’s new format. Previously, Terrence Ross defeated Damian Lillard with an assist from rapper Drake, while Paul George defeated Harrison Barnes.

George had the night’s second best dunk, as he threw down a 360 dunk, spinning clockwise and moving the ball through his legs before finishing a right-handed windmill slam.

The contest was full of props and assistants. In addition to G-Man and Drake, McLemore came out onto the court wearning a king’s outfit and was aided by Shaquille O’Neal, who sat on a throne in the paint as McLemore dunked over him.


NBA legends Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins served as judges for the contest, but they did not hand out 1-to-10 grades as in years past. Instead, they voted to determine which conference and player prevailed in each round.

The East also beat the West in the contest’s opening “Freestyle” round, as the three players combined on an off-the-backboard, off-the-shot-clock, alley-oop combination that George finished with a thunderous slam.

Unfortunately, under the Dunk Contest’s new format, Wall, George and Ross were unable to go head-to-head to crown an individual champion because both were on the Eastern Conference squad. Once Wall’s slam knocked out McLemore, the contest came to an abrupt end.

For more coverage from 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, check out SI.com’s All-Star hub.

9 comments
TheCantankerousNut
TheCantankerousNut

I got a great idea.  Let's have a dunk contest, and everyone does ONE dunk.  ... Perrrfecttt.

Retarded.




mickeyphil
mickeyphil

Turned it off early.  The whole All Star Weekend for the NBA has become pretty lame.  Maybe it is time to give all of the All Star Games a rest for awhile.


The Dunk Contest has become the Synchronized Swimming event of the NBA.

bambam824
bambam824

I think they sissified the contest so lebron would be coaxed into entering, and I'm sure he took notice cuz he won't do the old mano y mano format.

ill_mickelson
ill_mickelson

I understand the format change. I wish it didn't happen, but Individual contests went to $#!+ when Blake's lame dunks pushed him through to the final round of the Kia (tm) contest so he could hop over a Kia (tm) compact car's hood. John Wall was the best assist man of the freestyle round, and doubleclutch reverse dunked over a STANDING dude, FIRST TRY. Old rules, multiple rounds MAYBE Paul George has somethin to say but John Wall clearly won the night. 

Rem
Rem

The slam dunk contest should have an actual winner. This isn't the SEC, noone gives a crap about conference affiliation. 

Charliegone
Charliegone

That was lame. In fact the whole entire all-star weekend is lame now thanks to the super stars thinking their poop don't stink and would rather not participate in slam dunks contests ..cough Lebron...cough...and 3pt shoot outs. Now all you get is lame dunk team contests and "skills challenge."...glad I stop watching this.

NickPirce
NickPirce

I hope the league goes back to the traditional slam dunkcontest format

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@NickPirce

yes, the traditional dunk contest format  ---- before they ever had one..

props, gimmicks, rappers as props and gimmicks --- this thing is turrible, like charles barkley says, just turrible...