Glenn Robinson III isn’t the least heralded participant in the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest, simply because Derrick Jones Jr. exists. However, the Indiana Pacers forward isn’t exactly a household name and he entered Saturday evening’s competition as a long-shot to bring home glory.
However, Robinson III made an immediate statement with his first dunk and he needed only one legitimate attempt to complete it. After some theatrics that included something of a coordinated acting job, the former Michigan standout jumped over two people, with one on the other’s back, before executing a very impressive dunk.
While hurdling two individuals is always impressive in itself, Robinson then brought the ball down between his legs before finishing with a powerful left-handed flush as he whipped past the rim.
On cue, he was awarded with a 50-point perfect score and that was the first of the evening. Saving some ammunition for later rounds may have been a better choice but, considering Robinson III’s overall stature at the outset, it was probably a good idea to throw down the gauntlet early. Aaron Gordon and company may not have been shaken but this particular dunk, but it was wildly impressive and a beautiful warm-up to the event itself.