Mitchell Outduels Oladipo and Others in Dunk Contest

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And on Saturday, we saw why.

Nance Jr. had a Carter 2000 dunk too - he stepped from out of bounds and spun to slam it home, but this night was an ode to his father.

"It was obviously a big moment for my family", Nance Jr. said.

First, let's concede that Mitchell was the best dunker in the first round that narrowed the field to himself and Nance.

On Saturday night, the 2018 National Basketball Association dunk contest was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where some of the NBA's best dunkers were on display to show off their hops.

Mitchell didn't disappoint. He started off with an incredible dunk that he threw off a second backboard and completed with a windmill.

Even though the judges had yet to see what Nance had in store, there was no way they can justify scoring it higher than either of Mitchell's first-round dunks.

It's a mortal lock that at least one dunk on Saturday night will earn a flawless score.

At his media availability on Saturday afternoon, Nance Jr. said, "Obviously it would mean so much more if I got to hold the trophy above my head the same way my dad did".

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Everyone looks forward to the NBA Dunk Contest.

In his next dunk, he brought out 3 people including his sister, comedian Kevin Hart and a child to crouch down below the basket.

The dunk contest judges were celebrities Chris Rock, Mark Wahlberg, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Lisa Leslie and DJ Khaled.

Mitchell, who the Pistons passed on in the 2017 NBA Draft, is the first rookie to win the dunk contest since Zach Lavine did so in 2015.

For his first attempt, Smith attempted a 360 windmill but could not convert.

The NBA All-Star Game featuring Team LeBron and Team Steph is scheduled Sunday night at Staples Center. Nance met with Lakers president Magic Johnson after the contest.

The Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker won the three-point contest with a record 28 points in the final round. With more and more three-point shots being taken with each passing season, this year's contest is sure to be a good one. Booker and Thompson each scored 19 points in the first round and Harris reached 18. He was wearing Carter's No. 15 Toronto Raptors threads underneath.

Oladipo is the only participant this year with previous experience in the Dunk Contest, which could be significant, though some will argue that it makes no difference whether experience helps you win a competition like this. Dinwiddie bested the Nuggets' Jamal Murray in the final of the guards bracket, and Markkanen beat the 76ers' Joel Embiid in the bigs bracket final. The game will be at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT!

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