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Derrick Jones Jr. Wins Incredible NBA Dunk Contest Over Aaron Gordon

Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. hoists NBA Dunk Contest trophy.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 15: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2020 NBA All-Star - AT&T Slam Dunk Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at the United Center on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The NBA Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend has had some memorable moments in recent years. Tonight's event, featuring Derrick Jones Jr., Aaron Gordon, Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton, did not disappoint.

If you enjoy watching unbelievable athletes jump over other unbelievable athletes, and some other celebrities, this was the contest for you. The contest featured cameos by former MLB MVP Christian Yelich and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's quite tall, as you may recall. Local Chicago favorite son Chance the Rapper also served as a dunk prop.

While Howard, a former dunk contest champion, and Connaughton had really impressive showings, this one came down to a hyper-athletic dual between Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon. Jones was the runner up in the 2017 contest, while Gordon finished behind Zach LaVine in the 2016 contest, one of the most memorable in recent history. They put on quite the show.

The two star dunkers traded 50s back-and-forth. Some made the fair point that the judges were too quick to give 50s early on, which is often an issue for the dunk contest. Still, the dunks were absolutely incredible. Eventually, Aaron Gordon needed to break out the biggest of big guns, Tacko Fall. He took the ball from Fall on his jump, and came pretty close to clearing him, though the UCF great did have to bend down a bit. Apparently that slight imperfection was enough for the judges to go the other way.

That dunk, as incredible as it was, fell short of this spectacular windmill from half a step inside the free throw line from Derrick Jones Jr.

Some are already saying that Gordon got robbed for a second time, given the level of difficult of the Tacko Fall dunk, which received a 47 after the Jones dunk above got a 48. Some are accusing Dwyane Wade, a judge in his hometown, of throwing the vote toward his former Miami Heat teammate Jones. However you feel about the result, we got an awesome contest tonight.

You can't argue with Jones' full body of work from tonight, which featured a through the legs windmill off of a toss off the backboard:

Between the legs over two(!!!!) people:

And this absolutely flawless tornado dunk:

If you think Gordon was better, though, you have plenty of evidence to support your case. This filthy spinning one-handed slam off of a pass off the side of the backboard... just wow.

He jumped over Chance, with a nice reverse in the air:

Connaughton and Howard deserve some props as well. Dwight, in his second stint with the Lakers, brought back his Superman cape and dunked a Mamba-skin ball to pay homage to Kobe Bryant:

Connaughton had an awesome White Men Can't Jump homage, with this dunk over his fellow Milwaukee athletic star Yelich:

And then jumped over his teammate Giannis, tapped the backboard, and slammed it home:

After his controversial loss, Gordon says that he's done with the event, and that he should have two trophies. He's not alone there.

We'd certainly love to see Gordon shoot for his title one more time. He's certainly earned one. Let Jones defend his, and bring back LaVine for it and get Zion involved while you're at it, NBA.



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