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Monday, December 24th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  54 responses

Jeremy Evans Says He Would Beat LeBron James in a Dunk Contest


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

There’s a reason people like Jeremy Evans and LeBron James are who they are. For instance, one cares about a meaningless dunk exhibition, whereas the other hasn’t and likely never will take part in it.

Jeremy Evans, last season’s Dunk Contest champ, is convinced he could outduel LeBron James in the air show.

Per Fox Sports:

Jeremy Evans might have been outscored 30-2 by LeBron James on Saturday. But there’s something Evans says he has on the Miami Heat star. The Utah Jazz forward is the defending NBA slam-dunk champion. He has no doubt who would win if he had the chance to take on James.

“I’m going to say I would,” said Evans, whose Jazz fell 105-89 to Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I haven’t seen any tricks from him yet because he hasn’t been in (an NBA) dunk contest. … You need the tricks and moves rather than just being a power dunker in a game.”

For what it’s worth, LeBron James agrees with Jeremy Evans’s boast, adding that he probably never will compete in what was once the signature event of All-Star Weekend:

“No,” said James, who turns 28 on Dec. 30. “It’s over with. I’m getting too old for that. … There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn’t want to risk further injury.” [...] “I’m not a dunk-contest guy, so he probably could beat me in a dunk contest,” James said. “I’m OK with that.”

Evans looks forward to defending his dunk title on February 16 in Houston, and it goes without saying, but he is very confident in his chances at a repeat.

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  • NoWey

    Another dumbass..

  • pposse

    if only a meaningful player called out lebron on the dunk contest to get things riled up! the only player that he would respond to his D Rose; but he’s out wit an ACL smh..

  • ChosenOne

    The Dunk Contest sucks now….

  • JML-G

    dunking – thats all Evans is good for.. and honestly, i think Lebron would beat him

  • The Seed

    Evans is right, Bron just runs and dunks, he is not a aerial show highlight guy. Its funny how ESPN puts his dunks on top 10, when they are never on anyone and he makes no moves in the air, except move the ball to the side in the air and try to dunk hard. Thanks Evan

  • Max

    Smh..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    LeBron isn’t really a Dunk Contest dunker now. His 360′s aren’t really that stylish when he does them (which isn’t a lot). He’s a game dunker now.

  • rd

    in all honesty he doesn’t even come close to how high lebron jumped in his prime, evans had the worst collection of dunks i have ever seen, he basically won of one dunk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I don’t care what anyone says I still like seeing Lebron throw down the hammer

  • shockexchange

    LeBron won’t take the bait though. He’s more of an “in game” dunker than a “trick dunker,” the difference between Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats. Instead practicing trick dunks, his time would be better spent boning up on “The LeBron Rules.”

  • roscoe

    the ONLY reason bron bron won’t do the dunk contest is to protect his marketability and image for endorsements.

    if he loses a contest his propagandized image would be tarnished & he knows he can’t win.

    bron bron deserves a bag of coal for christmas, imo. booo.

  • spit hot fiyah

    and deshawn stevenson…not

  • Redd

    I like this guy.

  • bubblecat

    Slam, there’s no need to hate on Jeremy Evans for talking about the dunk contest. It sounds like he was just answering a reporter’s question. Lebron considered taking part when he was younger.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    amen. after vince carter it died

  • pposse

    his reputation would be tarnished if a legit superstar/all star player called him out; his marketability would go down too cause the media cause would finally spin it for what it is and that being Lebron is scared and doesn’t shine under pressure yada yada

  • zogs19994

    THIS IS HOW JEREMY EVANS STAYS RELEVANT

  • HOOSIER4LIFE

    lol one overrated dunker talkin to another. paul george is easily a better dunker than either of them. he got robbed in the dunk contest. that said evan’s is not a bad in game dunker anyone remember his dunk on turiaf?

  • Dymez

    Anyone who has actually been to a game when LeBron played for the Cavs know that LeBron got some crazy trick dunks up his sleeve. He used to do them during the pre-game warm-ups. Jeremy Evans is the weakest Slam Dunk champion I’ve ever seen. Kevin Hart won that trophy for him.

  • Whoareyou

    I enjoy this a lot more than any dunk contest dunks post vince carter era. http://youtu.be/WAyKv5UznxU

  • robb

    who?

  • Dan Gilbert

    Wasn’t he awful in the dunk contest last year? Either way, it’s been a gimmicky joke since around the time of Dwight’s Superman dunk (throw).

  • The Mighty FV

    Never in the history of SLAM has a SMH been used so incorrectly…please think about things before you type dude, it saves the ill feelings towards you.

  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    Apparently you guys must think that he just forgot how to windmill or go between the legs in games. Based on how high he still jumps I’m sure he could still pull it off.

  • Max

    Oh yeah, because his dunks should not be in the Top 10 right?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCPol37w1Ro
    And he definitely never dunks on someone or make any moves in the air?
    C’mon now don’t let hate blind you..
    Oh, and your agreeing with the Seed for f*ck sake.
    Smh.

  • Bored

    cant believe there is still hate on LBJ.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    If Lebron really cared that much about “his marketability and image for endorsements” he would’ve taken the safe route and stayed in Cleveland….watch Lebron’s HS All American dunk contest and you can clearly tell he’s not a “Trick Dunk” type of player.

  • Karl

    And we’re all listening to the Seed, one of the biggest Laker lovers on this board who has a rational opinion in everything.. lol

  • Karl

    Jeremy, that is about all you would beat him in.

  • TheKid

    Evan’s dunk contest performance sucked monkey nuts. Remember the ” ICAM trick” ? Thinking of that gives me the chills.

  • RunNGun

    So far, Jeremy Evans is somewhat right; LBJ hasn’t competed in any dunk contest since entering the Association.

  • Ugh

    Vince and T-Mac just brought it back to life for one brief second. Harold Miner winning the second time was the actual time of death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    I need an AND1 dunker team vs the NBA team. that will make an old school dunk contest!

  • Dagger
  • ATL dynamite

    To me it died after J-rich lost to Fred Jones

  • Chukaz

    Not gonna lie, i can’t remember any of his dunks. That’s how weak of a champ he was.

  • nick

    Well if lebron ever wants to be compared to Jordan and Kobe, he better compete in the contest and win….cause they still got that on him…(plus 5 and 4 rings)

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    James act like a … Take that challenge, man!

  • GC6

    Anyone who pays money to go watch this years dunk contest has lost their mind, Lebron would beat Evans easy, I think people have forgot Jeremy’s dunks sucked so bad he nearly got booed. Also with Lebron’s star power he could a average one hand baby dunk and beat Evans,

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lebron is not a contest dunker, he’s a power dunker (in real a game when necessary). and even with his limited dunk creativity he could still beat this evans kid

  • T-man

    How arrogant. Jeremy Evans’ “Google glasses” BS dunk last year almost had me throw the remote control to the TV. It was the worst Dunk contest ever….I wouldn’t even talk about it if I were him.

  • HEARTof IOWA

    no disrespect to jeremy evans or any other potential contestants. As long as JAMES FLIGHT WHITE is on the KNICKS roster you can give him the trophy now..rest of those bums don’t stand a chance…

  • Bored

    that James Johnson one is nasty!

  • http://twitter.com/theHomie_ Mars Blackmon

    LeBron James says; who is Jeremy Evans..

  • The Philosopher

    To those who celebrate Christmas, merry Christmas, and peace be plentiful.
    To those who do not celebrate Christmas, well wishes to you, as well, and shall there be peace.

  • The Philosopher

    And peace to the Greatest Site of All Times… SLAM!!

  • kakaboi

    “I will be in the dunk contest next year.” I think is the quote from Lebron. Props to this dude for doing it, one of Bron’s low moments for not doing it after this comment.

  • christianbullen

    The one on Sheed in the playoffs a few years back when he was on the pistons was sick too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Yea he probably would..because James just isnt even that flashy in-game dunker, he usually stays with the one right handed tomahawk dunk.

  • roscoe

    um…

    nba players care about their image… and that is not a bad thing; its fact & $$s.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahah not a bad idea

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    the regular street ballers dunk contest look better now.

  • kb

    JAMES WHITE PLEASE!!!!!

  • Ngoie Kafita

    As much as i like Evans, he best prays that James White won’t enter this year contest.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR2XFpaoOxo

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