Donovan Mitchell channels Vince Carter at Dunk Contest

NBA Slam Dunk contest: Larry Nance needs to wear his Dad's number

They jump higher. They're more creative. I tried it in practice the past two days and tried it this morning, didn't make it.

Now that Nance is playing for his hometown team, the team that his father played for, he could also bust out the Larry Nance Sr. orange throwback.

Jason Richardson (2003) - There's so much going on in this dunk that it defies explanation. You've seen the 360s. Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine had a dunk-off for the ages and revived the event after three only quasi-memorable years.

Afterword, we weren't treated to Magic Johnson or Charles Barkley falsely exclaiming that "the Dunk Contest is back!" on TNT's broadcast as had been the case in years past.

Cassius Stanley: I try not to watch Instagram videos of those professional dunkers, because once you see their new dunk, there's only so many things you can do now.

The high-flying guard topped Cleveland forward Larry Nance the finals of the showcase event.

"Believe it or not, I've been preparing for this since I was a kid", Mitchell, 21, said. When you combine that, with a heated bout with Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and needing a 50 to win, the dunk has taken on a life of its own. One of the most exciting aspects of Smith's game is his ability to get above the rim nearly effortlessly. But he's doing stuff I wouldn't even think about doing. He put it between his legs and put it down.

The skills competition consisted of two players going head to head. He's first in the NBA in three-point percentage among players who have attempted at least 3.0 per game, he shoots a silly * a href="*GE*2&sort=FG3_PCT&dir=1" target="_blank" *46.5 percent on catch-and-shoot threes, he'll be in his hometown, and Gordon is shooting just 33.4 percent on threes, which is his worst mark since 2012-13. The game was played from the inside-out, not the outside-in. "All the players that he was around when he was younger, they're all rooting for him". "I wanted to go out there and make a name for myself".

"You've got to have a good balance".

Dee Brown: It's the opposite now. I know Darrell very well. I'm one of the small guys in this contest. He's already served up some highlight-worthy dunks this season and more are on the way Saturday. Smith had tried to do a 360, but banged it hard off the back rim. "I would go first, he would go second". The Mavs were hoping their prized rookie could show off his hops and impressive dunks to further cement himself as one of if not the league's best rookie.