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Dominique Wilkins explains how he would fix the Dunk Contest

Who better to suggest some changes than one of the best dunkers in history.
Dominique Wilkins is a legend of the Dunk Contest, and while Obi Toppin has performed well, he is nowhere near 'Nique's' level

Dominique Wilkins is a legend of the Dunk Contest, and while Obi Toppin has performed well, he is nowhere near 'Nique's' level

This year's Dunk Contest has just been the tip of the iceberg of this event, slowly becoming worse and dull over time. It's evident that creativity has been absent. The star power is low due to the pressure and low reward-high risk aspect, with mediocre dunkers trying to put on a show with various celebrities, gadgets, props, and the nonsense that has nothing to do with the actual dunking performance. Everyone has their own view of how we can fix it, but it won't be easy. One of the best dunkers in history, and NBA legend Dominique explained what needs to change immediately.

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When you think of those old-school dunk contest battles, you immediately think of two guys going back and forth, outclassing each other without too many misses in between. Just like MJ vs. Nique, Dwight vs. Green, or Gordon vs. LaVine, these are some of the most notorious dunk battles we have in history, simply because they actually had innovative dunks, great to solid star power, and very few missed attempts -- the complete opposite of what we had in recent years. 

Mostly role players go into it because the biggest names refuse to enter, and then they try to compensate for their lack of star power by putting a performance around their dunks instead of focusing on the sole display of their athletic ability. I mean, just look at Cole Anthony dancing around and putting on Timberland boots only to struggle to complete some basic dunks. That is the perfect representation of everything that is wrong with the Dunk Contest.

Dominique gives his insight

NBA legend and one of the best dunkers in history, Dominique Wilkins joined Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson in The Steam Room and shared his thoughts on the 2022 Contest and what's needs to change if we want to make it cool again:

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"You gotta have some star power, you gotta have some real high-flying athletes...Only allow one miss. Because if a guy has four, five, six attempts, it takes away the elements of surprise, the crowd gets bored...You gotta make it more entertaining for people to watch."

Dominique Wilkins, The Steam Room

As someone who has won two Dunk Contest and competed head to head with MJ a couple of times, Dominique definitely knows a thing or two about putting on a show at that stage. Getting a name like Ja Morant in it would alone make it so much more entertaining to watch, as the league has to put some pressure on these types of guys and get them in. After all, it's for the fans.

Also, limiting contestants to one miss would take away the awkward and painful process of guys just not being able to complete their dunk. That way, the crowd won't get bored and out of it, while guys either do it or don't instantly. That's why you should probably expand to eight players like it was in the past. At least two of them will give a good night and show us something, and that's all we need for a good contest.

To cap it off, Wilkins presented an interesting idea of getting some street dunkers in to compete against NBA guys, which would be insane to watch and probably bring the electricity through the roof. Imagine some like Jordan Kilganon dunking at the biggest stage against NBA stars. The point of the matter is like Dominique pointed out, there are plenty of ways you can revive the Dunk Contest, but you have to put in some work and get creative. Hopefully, something changes soon.

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