LOS ANGELES – Donovan Mitchell’s star is shining a little bit brighter after he added Slam Dunk Contest champion to his Rookie of the Year Award résumé at NBA All-Star Weekend.The Utah Jazz shooting guard, who leads his team and all NBA rookies with 19.6 points per game, has experienced what can only be described as a meteoric rise this season after being drafted 13th overall out of the University of Louisville in last June’s NBA draft.“It’s been a whirlwind,” Mitchell said, speaking to a noticeably large crowd of reporters before Saturday night’s slam dunk contest. “My plan was to make it to the NBA, but not after my second year of college," Mitchell said. "I wasn’t expecting this to happen right now. ... Maybe the dunk contest my third year. All-star weekend my third year. For all this to happen so fast has been pretty crazy and surreal to me.” More After Florida school shooting, Donovan … [Read more...] about Former Louisville player Donovan Mitchell a rising NBA star trying to stay grounded
Nba dunk contest 2017
When it comes to NBA All-Star Weekend, the slam dunk contest is often the most exciting event. There’s a good chance the case will be the same this year with four exciting young players competing against each other. NBA All-Star Saturday Night begins at 8 p.m. EST from Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest—the night’s third and final event—will probably start sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. EST on TNT. Dennis Smith Jr., Larry Nance Jr., Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell are the participants. There are different reasons to be excited about each contestant. Mitchell might be the current Rookie of the Year, and Oladipo has the inside track to win the 2018 Most Improved Player award. Smith might be the best athlete of the 2017 draft class, and Nance arguably has more impressive in-game dunks than anyone in the contest. If experience counts for anything, Oladipo might have the edge. He was in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, though he came up … [Read more...] about NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2018: Start Time, Participants, Prediction For All-Star Event
When former Estero High guard Chuck Millan and Cape Coral High basketball standout Tim Lowe used to hone their slam dunk craft on courts and blacktops throughout Southwest Florida, neither one envisioned the path Millan would take.They were YouTube pioneers, and in the early days of the website in the mid-2000s, they would film dunks and post them as soon as possible, looking to maximize their views. They founded Team Flight Brothers, a traveling troupe of slam dunkers that would perform in Fort Myers during the City of Palms Classic and across the country during halftime of college games.This weekend, Millan, 34, will be reaching a career pinnacle.At 8 p.m. Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Millan will be watching the four NBA All-Star game slam dunk contestants with more interest than other viewers. That’s because he will be there working as their coach.Millan, who tutored Glenn Robinson Jr., the winner of the 2017 slam dunk contest, was asked by the NBA to coach … [Read more...] about Estero High grad Chuck Millan hired by NBA to coach their slam dunk contestants
1 of 13 View 13 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Related Links Legend of Jazz great ‘Pistol Pete’ Maravich lives through Steph Curry, current NBA guards Morning links: Donovan Mitchell was at LeBron James' 'Decision;' John Stockton spotted in Provo NEW ORLEANS — As the Utah Jazz wrapped up shootaround at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Monday morning, the news broke of Aaron Gordon withdrawing from the NBA Slam Dunk contest due to a strained left hip flexor. All eyes then turned to Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell. Would he be open to do it? “Hopefully, I get invited,” Mitchell said smirking. “I’d be excited. Like I said before, I would love to do it.” Then moments later, as he … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell to replace Aaron Gordon in dunk contest: ‘I got a couple ideas’
Victor Oladipo will compete in the 2018 Slam Dunk contest, aiming to defending Glenn Robinson III's title. He'll be the 10th Pacers player to throw down with hopes of hoisting a trophy.Oladipo will take on Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz.Here's a quick look at past performances by Pacers, including former winners Fred Jones, Darnell Hillman and, of course, Robinson:Glenn Robinson III (2017)The defending champ.Robinson stole the show last season when he jumped over three humans and had to duck to miss the rim before completing a reverse dunk. The perfect 50 earned him the trophy over Derrick Jones Jr., then of the Phoenix Suns.“This is just the beginning for me,” Robinson said then.He suffered a broken ankle early this season and has since endured hundreds of hours of rehab. He'll be back with the Pacers soon, but his ankle wasn't ready for this year's dunk … [Read more...] about Can Victor Oladipo top 10 former Pacers who threw down in the slam dunk contest?
By Bill Oram | [email protected] | Orange County Register February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm NEW YORK — Larry Nance Jr. spent more than a week denying that he had been selected to participate in the slam dunk contest when the All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities descend upon Los Angeles later this month. On Friday, it became official: Nance will follow in the footsteps of his father, 1984 slam dunk champion Larry Nance Sr., and participate in the marquee event. A third-year Lakers forward, it is a long-awaited opportunity for Nance, who was injured his first two seasons when invitations were extended. When a report circulated last week that Nance had been selected to the contest, he tweeted, “Don’t fall for #FakeNews …” Joining Nance in the Feb. 17 field will be Indiana All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and 2016 runner-up Aaron Gordon. Larry Nance Sr. won the inaugural dunk contest at the All-Star Game in Denver, beating … [Read more...] about Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. will follow in dad’s footsteps, earns long-awaited invite to dunk contest
1 of 5 View 5 Items Adam Fondren, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts to dunk over New Orleans Pelicans guard Tony Allen (24) as Utah hosts New Orleans at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Time and time again, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has stated the he wouldn’t get caught up in being an NBA All-Star 2018 participant. If it happens, it happens, if not, so what. Although the league has yet to officially announce the players competing in this year’s slam dunk contest, Mitchell said he hasn’t received an invite. “I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be in it. It’s alright that I’m not,” Mitchell said during Wednesday’s shootaround in Michigan. “I’m not really complaining about it but it would’ve been cool. It would’ve been a great experience but hopefully just being a part of that … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell hasn’t received Slam Dunk Contest invite: ‘I had a feeling’
1 of 6 View 6 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Related Links Utah Jazz’s dreams of winning on MLK Day get spoiled by Indiana Pacers Rodney Hood plays through boos from Utah Jazz fans: ‘I feed off of it’ Al Jefferson still carries winning experiences from Utah in veteran career SALT LAKE CITY — Glen Robinson III chilled courtside, watching his Indiana Pacers teammates participate in pregame warmups ahead of the Utah Jazz game Monday. The 24-year-old, Gary, Indiana native inches closer to returning from left ankle surgery, but for now he can only enjoy the action from the sidelines. As NBA All-Star weekend approaches Feb. 16-18, the reigning slam dunk champion won’t be back in time to defend his crown but would like to see Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell gets endorsement from reigning NBA dunk contest champ
NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics are on the clock.The 2017 NBA Draft isn’t until June 22, but the finalization of the order via Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery has many fans already turning toward the new faces they covet for their team. Of course, in an unusual twist, the Celtics are still alive in the playoffs.Thanks to the Brooklyn Nets and a 2013 trade, they get to add to their riches. Who will the Celtics select first? Team president Danny Ainge isn’t going to be the one to reveal, but the consensus seems clear.USA TODAY Sports spoke with several NBA executives who requested anonymity in order to keep their draft leanings secret and follow league protocol. The combine helped sort out some of the risers and fallers, but the draft lottery provided more clarity.Here’s USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph’s updated post-lottery 2017 NBA mock draft, with contributions from Jeff Zillgitt and Michael Singer. 1. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): PG … [Read more...] about NBA mock draft 2.0: Post-lottery, is Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball at No. 1?
Everywhere anyone turned at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, there was another center with a first-round stamp of approval. That’s a bizarre twist for a league moving further and further away from needing traditional big men.The clash between the past and future of basketball will play a huge role in this year’s draft, from top to bottom. Lonzo Ball is a central and divisive figure, with father LaVar proclaiming his eldest son to be the model for what a point guard will look like moving forward. How does he compare to a more traditional point guard, such as De’Aaron Fox? Team preference will weigh heavily, and that won’t be sorted out until Tuesday night’s 2017 NBA Draft Lottery (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in New York.But the glut of solid centers will take hold of this draft after the top 10. USA TODAY Sports spoke with several NBA executives who requested anonymity in order to keep their draft leanings secret and follow league protocol, and the consensus … [Read more...] about NBA mock draft 1.0: Is Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball the No. 1 pick?