How to make the dunk contest more relevant

Editor’s note: Not much we wanted to say about Friday’s loss to the Bobcats.  For a reaction to last night’s game, check out KingJamesGospel’s right here, or WFNY’s here.  And while we are confident the Cavs will right the ship, we thought the NBA needed some help on the dunk contest…

1.)    Let the fans vote in 4 dunkers… 

Pros of this are that they get to see who they want dunk. Obviously, this needs to be limited by the NBA to a realistic number of interested options, and the players need to have a drop dead date where they can pull out of the event.

The cons are that the fans are stupid enough to vote Iverson and McGrady onto the all star team, can’t wait to see who they vote in to dunk!

2.)    Have an online dunker get to enter, would be voted in based on youtube videos…

Videos would have to be qualified: court, hoop height, date, etc. to be legit and to be entered. Playgrounds and gyms all over the place would be hopping with dunkers and their camera crews.

3.)    Up the ante for the competition…

Give a legitimate amount of cash to the winner.  I don’t care if it comes from a sponsor, or David Stern’s pocket.  All NBA players are money hungry, so this might give them some incentive to dunk.

4.)    Get involvement from elsewhere… 



Olympic High Jumpers, Professional volleyball players (although Karch Kiraly already nailed the spike-dunk), NFL guys, Euroleague players, NBDL players, whoever.  The more people in the contest, the more originality it will bring.

5.)    In the finals have a type of follow the leader sequence…

First dunk, player, no props. Second dunk, player with props (teammate or wardrobe).

Third dunk, follow the leader, just like horse. Winner of first 2 rounds to lead round three.  Judging happens after each round, not after each dunk.


In addition to contributing here at StepienRules, Kyle was also co-MVP of his college football team. To follow Kyle on twitter go here, and for all your tailgating needs go here. 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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