NBA All-Star Saturday Night is always a full-on spectacle for the basketball world, and the 2017 edition was no different. The evening began with Kristaps Porzingis putting on a unicorn-like show in the Skills Challenge and, in short order, Eric Gordon dethroned Klay Thompson to take home the title in the three-point contest. In addition, the TNT crew joined forces with some of the league’s best players to honor Craig Sager and raise a great deal of money in the process.
However, the night is always punctuated by the high-flying action of the dunk contest and there were plenty of moments to remember.
5) Aaron Gordon gets an assist from a drone
Aaron Gordon was the prohibitive favorite entering the night, but in short, his performance fell flat. His sub-par showing could easily (and rightly) be blamed on less than 100 percent health, but Gordon did contribute a moment to remember on his first dunk.
Yes, the actual finish was not mesmerizing by any means, but it was entertaining to see him operate a drone while actively participating in an NBA event. With a better pass, the dunk probably would have been better.
4) DeAndre Jordan leaps over DJ Khaled and a DJ table
Much like Gordon’s drone usage, this dunk wasn’t quite as impressive as the pageantry would indicate. Still, it was DeAndre Jordan taking full advantage of his initials and bringing out a legitimate celebrity in DJ Khaled.
It is very easy to forget that Jordan is a legitimate seven-footer with explosive leaping ability like very few players in NBA history, but he sent a reminder here.
Oh, and DJ Khaled captured the entire thing on Snapchat. That has to be mentioned.
3) Glenn Robinson III slams the door with a 50-point dagger
The winner of the contest itself makes his first appearance, and it comes with the slam that put the victory away. Robinson III needed a solid effort in order to take the title away from Derrick Jones Jr. on the second dunk of the final round and, in short, he did much more than that. There is some debate (we’ll get there) as to whether his final effort was the best of the night, but Robinson III made it look very easy and that just shouldn’t happen when elevating beyond three grown human beings while finishing a breathtaking reverse dunk.
Let’s just say he earned some additional screen time.
2) Glenn Robinson III opens the night in style
It wasn’t the very first dunk of the evening, but Robinson III’s first attempt doubled as the night’s first 50-point score. There was also no debate about whether the score was justified.