Video: D-League dunk contest delivers; Tony Mitchell wins second title in a row
Underwhelmed by the NBA Slam Dunk Contest? The D-League has you covered.
The NBA’s development league delivered the goods with its contest on Saturday in New Orleans. Tony Mitchell of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, a 6-foot-6 forward who played at Alabama, won for the second year in a row. (Fort Wayne has a second player named Tony Mitchell, a 2013 Pistons second-round pick with his own dunking chops, but the former North Texas star wasn’t in the field.)
The winner wasn’t the only attraction, as 6-foot-1 guard Ra’shad James of the Reno Bighorns, 6-7 forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Delaware 87ers — the older brother of Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made an appearance for one of Thanasis’ dunks — and 6-4 guard Darren White of the Erie BayHawks all made their mark. Commentator Brent Barry did, too, with a solid Miley Cyrus reference.
Here are highlights (via the D-League) from a spirited competition that featured plenty of creativity and shrewd use of props: