The 2020 NBA Dunk Contest was one of the most-entertaining dunk contests we’ve had in recent years. But it was not without controversy.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. won the 2020 Dunk Contest over Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon. The two dunkers were tied after the final round and went into a dunk-off.
Jones Jr.’s dunk-off dunk was an impressive windmill from the free-throw line, while Gordon jumped over Celtics big man Tacko Fall. Nearly everyone watching on television felt that Gordon locked up the win with his dunk, though the judges gave him a worse score than Jones, who was named the champion.
Wade was one of the judges who gave Gordon’s final dunk a lower score than Jones’ dunk. He addressed the controversial finish late on Saturday night.
“It took nine rounds. I mean, it wasn’t biased,” Wade said. I wasn’t the only one who gave him a nine, let’s talk about that. There was three people that gave a nine. But people are going to talk. Aaron Gordon is not going to lose any sleep about not winning a dunk contest. He’s one of our better NBA players and one of the young stars in this league. But it was entertainment, and at the end of the day, as judges, we had to come up with a winner. It was unfortunate, but we had to.”
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 16, 2020
Wade was one of three judges who gave Gordon’s final dunk a nine. He was joined by Scottie Pippen and Chadwick Boseman.
Another judge, Common, said that the judges had agreed to a “tie” strategy, but someone messed it up.
The dunk contest judges had intended for the second round of the “dunk off” between Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. to end in a tie.
“But somebody didn't do it right,” one judge, hip-hop artist Common said.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 16, 2020
Gordon, who was robbed at the 2016 NBA Dunk Contest, was not happy.
“It’s a wrap, bro,” said Gordon, who won’t be competing again. “I feel like I should have two trophies.”