For the past three years, the best “Amateur” dunk contest in the world has been taking place the night before the NBA Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend. In front of LeBron James, special hip hop guests like Drakeand this year J. Cole (who will also be performing) , dunk legend Darryl Dawkins and our Sprite Showdown All-Stars Reemix & Los, 4 finalist will compete for the dunk title, $10k and the honor of presenting the trophy to the NBA player who wins the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest the next night.
The event will be streamed live on NBA.com and televised by NBA TV.
The NBA announced the four finalist this morning and they are Kenny Dobbs, Jonsey, AirDogg and Kasper. You might recognize Kenny from YouTube where his dunk contest wins have accumulated millions of views. AirDogg has been seen in multiple commercials including a recent Sprite one with LeBron James. Jonsey has been an online viral sensation on basketball and hip hop sites. 21 year old Kasper is an up and coming dunker but he’s been dunking since he was 14.
Here’s a teaser of what you can expect from the dunkers. Kenny Dobbs aka The Dunk Inventor just released this Showdown preview where he performs two dunks that have never been done before including jumping over somebody while doing two windmills and a 180 between the legs dunk over somebody.
The four finalists who will compete at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at NBA All-Star 2012 are:
- Zach Jones, 6’0” a.k.a. “Jonesy” – Emerging from Dayton, OH, Jones, 24, has been dunking for six years and won the semifinal competition in Washington D.C.
- Kenny Dobbs, 6’3” a.k.a. “K.Dobbs” – Dobbs, 26, hailing from Phoenix, Ariz. is an 11-year dunking veteran who won the semifinal competition in Los Angeles. He was also a finalist at last year’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown finals at NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles.
- Michael Stewart, 6’1” a.k.a. “Airdogg” – Stewart, 28, comes out of the City of Angels and brings an impressive 15 years of dunking experience to the Showdown. He takes inspiration from NBA legends and dunkers Darryl Dawkins and Dominique Wilkins and solidified his spot in the Showdown through the online competition by uploading his dunk clip to NBA.com/dunk.
- Kendall Boyd-Hill, 6’1” a.k.a. “Kasper” – From St. Louis, MO, Boyd-Hill, 21, has been dunking since he was 14 years old. He takes inspiration from NBA aerial artists such as Vince Carter and is the winner from Denver.