The dunk contest this year had an odd feel to it, and it was just as boring as many people predicted. The lackluster field of Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simmons, and Cassius Stanley failed to put on a show that most fans were hoping for. Because of COVID, the contest was held at half time of the All-Star game, instead of being a headliner during the normal Saturday festivities of a typical All-Star weekend.
Simmons ended up winning the contest with some decent (at best) dunks.
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) March 8, 2021
The biggest takeaway from the event was just how uneventful it was. Fans flocked to social media to share their disappointment with dunk contest.
this year’s dunk contest pic.twitter.com/iAw9ypbTa1
— buckets (@buckets) March 8, 2021
Dunk Contest really is a slot machine: you get either LaVine/Gordon doing 1080s in the stratosphere until you cant see straight or kisses and Kias. no in-between. see you next year.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 8, 2021
Watching the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest pic.twitter.com/mCA1lQ7ZiG
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) March 8, 2021
if this isn’t the biggest plea to fix the dunk contest I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.
they went and made Magic do his first mean tweet. https://t.co/i5822sH3m0
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 8, 2021
And the winner of the Slam Dunk Contest is…
Meghan and Harry.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 8, 2021
KYRIE DUNK BETTER THAN THE CONTEST
— hoodie harden (@hardenbbq) March 8, 2021
This was the last dunk contest that was actually a dunk contest 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/kcFTxOFlPG
— CarlosStory 💜Kobe Gianna💛 (@CarlosxcStory) March 8, 2021
Kyle Lowry’s 2 charges in the 2020 All Star Game >>>>> the 2021 Dunk Contest
— cj (@mattanabe) March 8, 2021
Worse dunk contest I’ve ever witness pic.twitter.com/tiUYl6lJwo
— (Ali) S⃠L⃠A⃠T⃠T⃠*⃟+⃟!⃤ 💋🧛🏿♀️ (@plxyboihurting) March 8, 2021
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) March 8, 2021
This year’s dunk contest… pic.twitter.com/uJTik7AOnl
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 8, 2021
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I mean, congrats to Anfernee Simmons and all, but can we please have some of the best dunkers in the NBA actually participate in the dunk contest? If we continue to have B-listers compete in the event, the reality is that we’ll continue to be disappointed.
Unfortunately, no matter who participates, we will all likely be watching the dunk contest again next year. It can’t be any worse, right?