Glenn Robinson III needed only a solid but unspectacular dunk in his final attempt to win the 2017 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. On cue, the Indiana Pacers forward did more than that, generating a perfect 50-point score with a beautiful flush to seal the victory.
Robinson III outlasted pre-contest sleeper Derrick Jones Jr. in the final round, but he also began the night with a vicious 50-point opener that set the tone with haste. The former Michigan standout entered as something of a forgotten man given the presence of two household names in Aaron Gordon and DeAndre Jordan.
If nothing else, though, Robinson III was easily the most consistent and productive contestant and, sometimes, that can pay off in a big way.
Following his win, Robinson III also made it clear that he felt the stakes as a solid underdog in the event, including the money quote of “my grandma wanted me to tell everyone I was slept on.”
That, of course, didn’t stop the rest of the field from sending well-earned congratulations in his direction and perhaps this will be the driving force in providing Glenn Robinson III with a bit of additional respect next time around.
The 2017 Slam Dunk Contest didn’t quite live up to the obscenely high bar set by the epic 2016 battle between Gordon and Zach LaVine. With that said, Robinson III did more than enough to win and he saved a big-time exclamation point for the end of the evening.