I guess having John win, I would naturally have no complaints, but everyone knows the man deserved it big time.
I know the biggest thing people are saying is that this format was flawed and it really didn't allow guys to show their stuff, and more rounds were needed.
I kind of disagree. This is why:
- Perhaps more rounds were needed, but honestly with the history of the dunk contest and how people complain that everyone's done everything possible, what more dunks could these guys have done? I'm almost certain they would have done things that we've already seen.
- The dunk contest is voting based now, so really guys aren't going up against each other as much as just trying to show out, regardless of the format. Otherwise in any other judging system Javale would have beaten Blake.
- I really liked the freestyle round b/c it takes pressure off of guys and eases them into the spotlight of dunking all by themselves. And plus it adds a globetrotter element to the contest, where guys are teaming up to make dunks - the East guys really took advantage of that, West not so much.
- At the end of the day the best performer will win no matter what. Notice that in the final round no other dunker other than John Wall made their dunk on the first try, no one. And even with John doing the most difficult dunk, he made it on the first try - he was prepared, had the confidence and showmanship. I'm sure the other guys were prepared too, but they lacked either one or both of the other two things.
I'm definitely a minority with my view on this topic.
But either way, IMO this was the best dunk contest I've seen since J.Rich vs. Desmond Mason (where each pulled out left handed between the legs.) And John's dunk IMO ranks as the best by a PG, and top 5-10 all time.