Dwyane Wade has faced a lot of criticism for the role he played in robbing Aaron Gordon of a win in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and he has now taken to social media to defend himself.
Gordon received a total score of 47 on his final dunk despite leaping over 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall. Derrick Jones Jr. got a 48 for his dunk after the two players each scored perfect 50s on their first three dunks of the final round, so Jones took home the hardware. Wade was one of three judges who gave Gordon a 9, and he reminded everyone of that with a funny Instagram post on Sunday.
Rapper Common, who was also a judge for the contest, said Gordon and Jones were supposed to tie on their last dunk, but one of the judges screwed up giving his or her score. The way Common and fellow judge Scottie Pippen (who also gave Gordon a 9) looked at Wade after the scores were delivered made it seem like Wade was the one who messed up. Jones also plays for the Miami Heat, so some conspiracy theorists wondered if Wade intentionally helped give Jones the win over Gordon.
Obviously, the Dunk Contest is a fun event and no one’s livelihood was at stake. Still, Gordon not winning after dunking over a 7-foot-5 dude has led to some great reactions. Wade is clearly feeling the heat, and we don’t mean the Miami kind.
Most fans agree that Aaron Gordon got a raw deal in Saturday’s NBA Dunk Contest, losing to Derrick Jones Jr despite dunking over Tacko Fall in his final dunk of the night.
That feeling clearly extends to the Orlando Police Department. On Saturday morning, the department’s Twitter account posted a funny message suggesting they’d be reaching out to Chicago Police for an investigation into this robbery.
They’ve gotta stick up for their guy, and they’re certainly doing that. Gordon only got a 47 on his final dunk, one point lower than Jones’ 48. Most viewers felt that was unjust. To make matters more intriguing, there was apparently reason to investigate: one of the judges blamed a colleague for screwing up the final scoring.
Derrick Jones Jr may be one of the only people who believes Derrick Jones Jr deserved to win the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and the Miami Heat star is already looking forward to defending his crown in a year.
Jones defeated Gordon in a thrilling Dunk Contest final that had a controversial ending. After he took home the hardware, Jones challenged Gordon to compete against him again next year.
Both Jones and Gordon got perfect scores of 50 on their first two dunks of the final and tied with 50s again when they went to a dunk-off. Jones then received a 48 on his last dunk and Gordon got a 47. Many felt Gordon deserved to win, as he dunked over 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall.
Rapper Common, who was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, said there was supposed to be another tie but one of the judges messed up with his or her score. There’s an obvious conspiracy theory about which judge may have screwed up.
If Gordon and Jones both take part in the Dunk Contest again next year, the real winners will be the fans.
Numerous fans and even the announcers on TNT were outraged over the outcome of Saturday night’s Dunk Contest, with many, including us, feeling like Aaron Gordon got robbed. According to rapper Common, Gordon did get robbed.
Common was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, along with Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, Chadwick Boseman and Dwyane Wade.
Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. were the finalists and each got perfect 50s on their first two dunks of the finals. They went to a dunk-off and each got 50s again on their third dunks. Then for their fourth dunks, Jones Jr. received a 48.
Gordon then brought out Tacko Fall and dunked over the 7-foot-5 big man. Somehow he only got a 47 from the judges, who give scores on a 1-10 scale. The low point total seemed unfair.
Common and Parker both gave Gordon a 10, while the other three judges gave him a 9.
Common says they were supposed to give Gordon a 48 to have it tied.
“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Common told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”
Parker also told Shelburne it was supposed to be a tie. If you look at this picture, it sure seems like Common and Pippen thought Wade was the judge who screwed up.
The conspiracy theory about Wade screwing up the final dunk score goes like this: Wade played for the Miami Heat and was teammates with Derrick Jones Jr. and screwed up the final voting to ensure his friend won.
Maybe Wade will eventually tell us what happened, because the public is owed an explanation.
Tacko Fall was a part of Aaron Gordon’s final dunk in the Dunk Contest on Saturday night in Chicago, but the big man says that was an impromptu move.
Before Gordon attempted his last dunk, where he needed to top Derrick Jones Jr.’s 48 to win the contest, the Orlando Magic star went towards the crowd for Fall. Tacko didn’t seem to know what was coming, but nevertheless obliged.
Gordon then tried to jump over the 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics big man for the dunk and did so successfully.
What’s crazy is that Fall said to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that joining Gordon was unplanned.
Gordon needed to break out all the stops on that one and did. It’s too bad for him that the judges robbed him.
Aaron Gordon delivered one of the coolest dunks in the dunk contest that we have seen, but he got robbed and lost to Derrick Jones Jr. in the finals on Saturday night at United Center in Chicago.
Gordon needed more than a 48 to win the competition and decided to bring out 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics big man Tacko Fall for an assist. The Orlando Magic star jumped over Tacko for the huge dunk, bringing down the house:
Somehow Gordon was only given a 47 on the dunk and lost out to Jones, who got a 48 on his dunk.
Amazingly, Tacko told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Gordon using him on the dunk was unplanned.
Jones Jr. was excellent in the contest as well, but that doesn’t change that Gordon got robbed on his score.
Here were Gordon’s other dunks, all of which got perfect 50 scores:
Aaron Gordon has been a mainstay in Orlando for the last half-decade or so, but his time could soon be running out.
Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Friday that rumblings persist that the Magic might move on from the 24-year-old forward, noting that he may have too much overlap in his game with Jonathan Isaac to keep around long-term.
“There is chatter coming from Orlando,” one executive said this week.
Gordon, who was drafted by the Magic No. 4 overall in 2014, is now in his sixth season with the team. He has shown only modest improvement over the years though and appears to have backslid this season with averages of 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on just 41.0 percent from the field.
The 6-foot-8 Gordon is currently in Year 2 of a four-year, $80 million deal. With Orlando stuck in perpetual mediocrity though (notwithstanding their 42 wins and Southeast Division title last season), they may have to shake things up one way or the other.
Last year’s NBA All-Star Game was the most competitive we’ve seen in years, as Team LeBron edged Team Stephen, 148-145. Something about having the two stars pick their squads, playground-style, got the competitive juices flowing.
The entertaining showdown featured five first-time All-Stars (including four from the East): Joel Embiid, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Goran Dragic, and Karl-Anthony Towns. So, which players could make their first All-Star Game appearance this year? Here are 10 to look out for.
10. Brandon Ingram, Lakers
The Lakers may not win the West, but adding the best player alive practically guarantees they’ll be a top-tier team. As L.A. jockeys with the Warriors, Jazz, Rockets, and company, someone is going to have to step up to complement LeBron James. Ingram is your best bet to fill that role. The lanky Duke product made a big leap from year one to two, significantly elevating his per-game averages in points (9.4 to 16.1), rebounds (4.0 to 5.3), assists (2.1 to 3.9), and blocks (0.5 to 0.7), as well as his three-point shooting percentage (29 percent to 39 percent). Though rumors are swirling that Kevin Durant may opt to join LeBron in Hollywood in 2019, Ingram has an opportunity this year to prove the Lakers already have a Durant-type star.
The 2017-18 NBA season featured breakout performances from a number of talented young players: Victor Oladipo, Devin Booker, Fred VanVleet, and Jamal Murray, among others. Though at this point most attention is (understandably) focused on the key stars and title contenders for this coming season, we’re wondering which young players could go up a level in 2018-19.
Some of the following players just haven’t found the right fit. Others have stayed with one team, gradually improved, and seem poised to really emerge this season. Here are 10 breakout candidates we’ll be keeping an eye on.
10. Doug McDermott, Indiana Pacers
McDermott has bounced around since the Denver Nuggets selected the Creighton star No. 11 in the 2014 draft. He’s now on his fifth NBA team. McDermott’s shooting has never been an issue, but it became a major asset last season; after joining Dallas, he hit nearly 50 percent (!) of his outside attempts. His defense has gradually improved throughout his career, and he’s no longer a liability on that end. Indiana strikes me as the perfect fit for McBuckets. He should shine playing off of Victor Oladipo in Nate McMillan’s shooter-friendly system, much like Bojan Bogdanovic broke out last season.
The calendar has flipped to November, Daylight Savings Time is no more, and most teams have played their first ten games or so, leaving roughly 72 contests remaining on the schedule. Of course, that can only mean one thing: [sounds airhorn] it’s Overreaction Season. And perhaps the most sacred of all the Overreaction Season traditions is fangirling over those who have successfully turned those 3 a.m. Instagram workouts and that reported 15 pounds of extra muscle into greater productivity on the court. Standing high above the rest of the field, here are the 12 most improved players of the 2017-18 season so far:
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony’s departure was all that was needed for our Latvian messiah to reveal himself fully. Porzingis has mutated into a nightly 30-point scoring threat now that he is the focal point of the Knickerbockers’ offense (sometimes even 40 as he proved on Sunday night in a comeback win over the Indiana Pacers), and he has been stunningly efficient despite the massive increase in volume (a career-high 50.0 percent shooting). One of Porzingis’ teammates thinks his scorching start should place him squarely in the MVP conversation. I might even take it a step further and call for beatification if he continues to flex with end-to-end displays of power like this:
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Spacing saves. With Carmelo Anthony starting at power forward instead of Taj Gibson, and Paul George stretching out opposing defenses instead of Victor Oladipo, Adams can finally rumble down the lane to his heart’s content for the Thunder. He has responded to the opportunity in kind with his best season both scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 boards). Toss in his intimidating interior defense, and this mustachioed maestro looks like he’s worth every penny of the $100 million that Oklahoma City invested in him last season. What else is there to say? Funaki is a force.
Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic