On Saturday night, Dwight Howard will be participating in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. It will be his first appearance in the annual event since 2009 but his teammates seem to be excited about his prospects.
Anthony Davis, in particular, has high hopes for his frontcourt partner. He spoke at media day and gave some insight into what the 2008 dunk contest winner is going to do to show out in his fifth appearance in the event:
“I told him he should jump from the free-throw line over me and ‘Bron and heh for sure would get a 50. But he said no. He got some dunks with him that a lot of people haven’t seen. I’m not gonna tell y’all what it is. I’ll be there supporting him tonight. He didn’t show me, he told me. Let me just say this: If he does the dunks that he said, he should win. He should win for sure.”
No pressure, Dwight.
Listen, I’m sure Dwight has a lot of great tricks up his sleeve and at the very least, he has the showmanship angle over the competition. It’s going to be hard to beat Aaron Gordon without some creativity, however, and it seems like Howard has big plans ahead, even if he won’t jump over his two star teammates.
(Thank God AD isn’t his dunking coach).