• AT&T Slam Dunk Winner: Obi Toppin
CLEVELAND — New York Knicks second-year forward Obi Toppin won the 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk contest on State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse over Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson.
Toppin won on a final dunk that incidentally ended with him converting on a layup. Toscano-Anderson finished with a cumulative score of 69 in the third round and 30 on his second dunk after failing to convert three times on a dunk attempt after throwing the ball from behind the basket. Toppin completed an in-between-the legs, one-handed dunk attempt that actually finished as a layup.
Various betting sites listed Toppin as the favorite a year after losing to Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons in final round of the 2021 AT&T Slam Dunk contest in Atlanta.
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Toscano-Anderson received a score of 39 on his first dunk in the third round. He went up for a rather simple windmill before suggesting that his arm didn’t quite catch the rim for a Vince Carter inspired hang the way he’d hoped. Toppin received a score of 45 on his first dunk in the third round. After struggling to complete an in-between-the legs on two attempts, Toppin threw the ball off the backboard and slammed home an in-between-the-legs dunk.
Toppin and Toscano-Anderson each received scores of 44 in the first round. Toscano-Anderson jumped over teammate Andrew Wiggins before throwing down a one-handed windmill. On his third dunk attempt, Toppin jumped over someone before swirling the ball around his back for a left-handed dunk.
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In the second round? Toppin received a score of 46 after throwing the ball off the backboard, going between his legs and finishing with a reverse dunk. Toscano-Anderson received a score of 43 after completing an extension and windmill.
Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green was eliminated after the second round. In the first round, Green caught a thrown pass off the side of the backboard and thew down a windmill dunk after failing on multiple tries. He received a score of 38. In the second round, Green received a score of 45 after completing a reverse 360-degree dunk on his second attempt.
Orlando Magic second-year guard Cole Anthony also was eliminated after the second round. In the first round, Anthony tried to hone in on his creativity and athleticism. Anthony’s father, Greg — a former NBA player and current NBA TV analyst — handed his son one of the elder Anthony’s No. 50 New York Knicks jerseys as well as a pair of Timberland boots. Cole could not complete the dunk in “Timbs” on his first two tries. But on the third attempt, Cole threw down with his left hand and received a score of 40. On the second round, Cole failed to convert a 360-degree dunk attempt three different times.
Wearing dad's jersey.
Timbs on his feet.
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The contestants performed in front of a panel of judges of former NBA players that included Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Clyde Drexler, David Robinson and Julius Erving.
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AT&T Slam Dunk participants
• Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
• Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors
• Obi Toppin, New York Knicks [WINNER]
• Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
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Anthony, who was also selected to play in the Clorox Rising Stars during NBA All-Star 2022, is averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists and 5.9 rebounds in his second NBA season. The 6-3 guard leads the Magic in
scoring and assists. Anthony, the son of former NBA player and current Turner Sports analyst Greg Anthony, was selected by Orlando with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Green, a Rising Stars selection, ranks fifth among NBA rookies in scoring at 14.4 points per game. The 6-4 guard was selected by Houston with the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft after playing with NBA G League Ignite for the 2020-21 season. Ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 high school basketball recruit in the Class of 2020, Green was the first player to join Ignite.
Toppin, a 6-9 forward, competed in AT&T Slam Dunk as a rookie last season. He is averaging 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.5 minutes in his second NBA season. After being named the 2019-20 consensus National Player of the Year at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Toppin was selected by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Toscano-Anderson is in his third NBA season, all with the Warriors. The 6-6 forward has two years of experience in the NBA G League, where he first earned a spot with the Santa Cruz Warriors as a tryout player in October 2018. He has also played professionally in Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela.
Toscano-Anderson, who played four years at Marquette University from 2011-15, is set to become the fourth player not selected in the NBA Draft to compete in the AT&T Slam Dunk since 2000, joining Chris Andersen, Derrick Jones Jr. and Jamario Moon. AT&T Slam Dunk is a two-round competition. Five judges will score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30. The judges will be announced at a later date.
All four competitors will get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks will advance to the final round. The two finalists will then get two dunks in the final
round. The dunker with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round will be crowned the 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk champion.
For each scored dunk in both rounds, each player will be limited to three attempts to complete his dunk. An attempt is defined as the player controlling the basketball and moving it toward the rim. Click here for a
complete explanation of the event rules.
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