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We already knew that Utah’s Jeremy Evans, dunk contest champion, could dunk. We could have probably guessed that children would offer no good defense against a 6′ 9″ NBA player, who can dunk. Still — this is a great dunk.
Jeremy Evans Dunked Over A Painting Of Himself Dunking Over A Painting (Presumably Of Himself Dunking Over A Painting, Etc.)
OK, yeah, most of the dunk contest was pretty lame (Terrence Ross won it, for the record), but this was a clever bit, as far as dunk contest bits go. Seldom-used Jazz forward/reigning dunk contest champion Jeremy Evans is an artist. “Oh, you mean his game is so smooth it’s like watching a master artist at work?” you ask. And I answer, “No, as in he is literally a talented painter.” And tonight, he figured out how to make his worlds collide.
You thought it was over when Jeremy Evans viciously swatted away a Ronnie Turiaf jumper during last night’s preseason game. Except Evans collected the ball and raced the other way, launching from the second hashmark and raising the ball up for a slam. Poor old Ronnie thought he’d avenge his embarrassment with a rejection of his own, except Evans’ athleticism proved a bit too daunting. Oof.
It would be fair to say that not many people expected much out of Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans in the dunk contest last night. Remember, he was a last-minute replacement for Iman Shumpert, meaning he’s not even one of the top four dunkers in the league (because the guys in the dunk contest are the league’s best dunkers, right?). But he actually threw down some pretty nice dunks, netting him the 2012 title. Check them out in slow-motion in the video here.
Blake Griffin who? OK, maybe we shouldn’t go that far, but if you aren’t familiar with Utah Jazz second-year player Jeremy Evans, now might be the time to get to know the high-flier. Sure he’s not quite on Griffin’s level, but he definitely has the legs to make some noise in the Slam Dunk Contest. That is, if he’s allowed in.