Rookie Mitchell wins NBA Dunk Contest

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

Will Larry Nance Jr. wear his dad's Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in the Slam Dunk Contest?

Mitchell's show at the Staples Center won him the slam dunk contest and capped off NBA All Star Saturday.

Larry Nance Jr. finished second in the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest to Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell during Saturday night of All-Star Weekend.

Nance Jr., then pulled off one of his dad's dunks - a cradle, single-handed windmill fading away from the hoop. While awesome, it isn't on the same level as being able to wear the jersey of your father, like Nance Jr. did.

Mitchell also won a couple high school dunk contests and worked with dunk coach Chuck Millan to prepare after learning he would replace Gordon last week.

Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr. and Indiana's Victor Oladipo were eliminated after two dunks.

The overall consensus on twitter is that the National Basketball Association dunk contest is losing its flair.

Earlier in the day, Nance Jr. said the 1984 dunk contest video was "like normal kids' Sesame Street".

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Mitchell - three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter - needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

The move was enough to edge out Nance's final dunk, which saw him double-bounce the ball of the backboard before slamming it home. If his first dunk had gone down, who knows what Oladipo would've put up next.

He brought out actor and comedian Kevin Hart and Hart's son, along with his sister Jordan, and dunked over all three on a lob off the side of the backboard for a 50. "It's pretty cool, I just got this to pay tribute".

Mitchell made it to the final round against Larry Nance, and the pair managed to throw down four dunks.

"It feels really good", Booker said. "I wore No. 35 and he wears No. 45 and I've talked to Donovan a lot during his time in Louisville and told him never to be satisfied with his game".

Booker, the 21-year-old sharpshooter in his third season with Phoenix, is averaging 24.2 points per game this season as the NBA's 12th-leading scorer.

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