CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo gained the battle of younger leaping jacks within the AT&T Slam Dunk, outlasting Dennis Smith Jr. of the New York Knicks by being probably the most constant dunker of the competitors.
Diallo introduced the home down together with his second dunk of the primary spherical, calling out and leaping over Corridor of Fame TNT analyst and unique Superman Shaquille O’Neal to web an ideal 50 from the judges. After clearing Shaq, Diallo caught his elbow within the rim, a nod to dunk contest icon Vince Carter, and snatched open his Thunder jersey to point out off the Superman shirt beneath.
“Nice dunk,” mentioned Diallo, who additionally received some assist earlier within the competitors from Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook. “The ambiance was nice and I got here out and gave the group what they have been in search of.”
Diallo nailed his ultimate two dunks of the competitors, snatching the ball off the pinnacle of rapper Quavo and ending with a two-handed slam on his final dunk. He went for the pure vertical publicity on his first dunk of the ultimate spherical, catching the ball off the bounce and getting eye-level with the rim earlier than flushing the ball by together with his proper hand.
Hamidou Diallo’s command efficiency took the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk title.
Smith Jr. missed his first dunk of the ultimate spherical, so he was up in opposition to it with Diallo’s near-flawless execution.
Smith Jr. tried to avoid wasting himself together with his ultimate try, bringing Dwyane Wade and Stephen Curry out to help him on his ultimate dunk — leaping over Wade and making an attempt to catch a toss from Curry. He lastly received the dunk down, after two misses and a few aborted makes an attempt. He snagged a 50 from the judges whereas drawing a smattering of boos from members of the Spectrum Heart crowd in search of a first-time end.
Finally it wasn’t sufficient to rescue the Fayetteville, N.C. native, who utilized among the higher props of the evening.
For his second dunk of the First Spherical, Smith Jr. introduced out rapper J. Cole, additionally a Fayetteville, North Carolina native. He placed on Cole’s high-school jersey after which grabbed a move from Cole, sitting in a chair within the paint, and completed with a come-fly-with-me jam that received the group buzzing.
Atlanta Hawks large man John Collins and hometown favourite Miles Bridges, a Hornets rookie, didn’t make it out of the primary spherical. Bridges scored a 50 on his second dunk, a depraved 360 jam off a corner-of-the-backboard toss from Charlotte All-Star Kemba Walker. However he missed all 4 of his makes an attempt on his first dunk of the competitors, sinking his rating.
• Miles Bridges, Hornets
• John Collins, Hawks
• Hamidou Diallo, Thunder
• Dennis Smith Jr., Knicks
WINNER: Hamidou Diallo
• Official launch: Bridges, Collins, Diallo and Smith Jr. to take flight
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AT&T Slam Dunk Winners
1984 – Larry Nance, Phoenix 1985 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta1986 – Spud Webb, Atlanta 1987 – Michael Jordan, Chicago1988 – Michael Jordan, Chicago1989 – Kenny Walker, New York1990 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta1991 – Dee Brown, Boston 1992 – Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix1993 – Harold Miner, Miami1994 – Isaiah Rider, Minnesota1995 – Harold Miner, Miami 1996 – Brent Barry, LA Clippers1997 – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers2000 – Vince Carter, Toronto2001 – Desmond Mason, Seattle2002 – Jason Richardson, Golden State2003 – Jason Richardson, Golden State2004 – Fred Jones, Indiana2005 – Josh Smith, Atlanta2006 – Nate Robinson, New York2007 – Gerald Inexperienced, Boston2008 – Dwight Howard, Orlando2009 – Nate Robinson, New York2010 – Nate Robinson, New York2011 – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers2012 – Jeremy Evans, Utah2013 – Terrence Ross, Toronto2014 – East (Paul George, Terrence Ross, John Wall)2015 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota2016 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota2017 – Glenn Robinson III, Indiana2018 – Donovan Mitchell, Utah2019 – Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma Metropolis