LD Williams Soars to 2011 Slam Dunk Contest Victory

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS, Jan. 12, 2011 – L.D. Williams of the Springfield Armor was triumphant in the inaugural NBA D-League Showcase Slam Dunk Contest at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on Wednesday night (Click here for highlights) Twenty years after Williams' coach, Armor head coach Dee Brown, took home the NBA Slam Dunk title, Williams did his current boss proud with a dazzling array of dunks that ignited the assembled players, fans, coaches and media members.

Williams’ victory will be re-aired on VERSUS on Jan. 29th.

Williams, a 6-4, 215-pound guard out of Wake Forest, scored 95 in the final round, besting the Dakota Wizards’ Chris Johnson, who scored 80. Among the dunks Williams attempted was a dunk that featured Williams covering his eyes with his arm, which evoked memories of Armor head coach Dee Brown’s famous dunk that spurred him to victory in the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Williams' 81 points on his first two dunks were good for second place in the competition and allowed him to advance to the finals. In the final round, Williams easily outpaced Johnson with a near flawless performance that secured the triumph.

The five judges of the Slam Dunk Contest were Texas Legends owner and Dallas Mavericks general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Idaho Stampede assistant coach and former NBA player Greg Minor, ESPN.com senior writer Marc Stein and NBA.com writer Art Garcia.

To revisit Armor head coach Dee Brown's Slam Dunk Contest title 20 years earlier, click here.