What a night for the Washington Wizards, eh?
For the first time in his career, John Wall will get the opportunity to represent the Wizards in the All-Star game. Luckily for him, he was also given the chance to showcase himself in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, which is arguably the most popular event of the NBA All-Star weekend.
Needless to say–Wall made the most of his opportunity.
Despite the change in format and the mass confusion between the fans, this year’s dunk contest really had some nice slams. Between Paul George’s between the legs, 360 dunk and John Wall’s closing dunk involving mascot G-Wiz, the contest wasn’t all that disappointing as in years past. Of course, it would’ve been nice to see more individual dunks, but I don’t think it will take away from John Wall’s performance.
We’ve talked about ways that John Wall could improve his popularity, and I honestly think he might’ve become a household name tonight. Blake Griffin gained some major exposure from his participation in the dunk contest and I think we’ll see a similar effect with Wall.
Washington could’ve swept the two major events, but Bradley Beal came up short in the finals of the 3-Point contest. It would’ve been nice to see both Wizards take home trophies, but I Wall’s spectacular dunk made up for it.
Congratulations, John Basketball!