Much to everyone’s surprise, Derrick Jones Jr. won the Slam Dunk Contest over Aaron Gordon. Fans are bewildered that the Orlando Magic forward wasn’t able to win the contest after putting on another incredible display of athleticism and creativity.
Players throughout the league are on the same boat as the fans: they couldn’t believe that Gordon lost the contest after all of the insane dunks he pulled off this year. Many felt that what happened was a straight-up robbery.
His teammates were naturally upset with the result. Evan Fournier quoted Kenny Smith to express his disappointment at the result. Terrence Ross couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
“Of course one of those 9’s coming from D-Wade” lol well said Kenny
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) February 16, 2020
I can’t believe this… AG GOT ROBBED. SMH 🤬😤🤬
— Terrence Ross (@TerrenceRoss) February 16, 2020
Former teammates Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton were also upset with the result.
Okay this is now embarrassing! TWICE!!!
— Mario Hezonja (@mariohezonja) February 16, 2020
Yall robbed him again?! That’s crazy!! Smh!
— elfrid payton (@elfrid) February 16, 2020
James Ennis, Austin Rivers and Joel Embiid were in agreement with the players who had experience playing with Gordon. They think that Gordon did more than enough to warrant the win.
AG GOT ROBBED AGAIN #BS
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 16, 2020
Nahhh that’s not cool…. AG been robbed twice now.
— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) February 16, 2020
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson thinks they should have tied, while Luka Doncic was simply speechless.
They should have tied that’s crazy yooo
— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) February 16, 2020
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 16, 2020
Karl-Anthony Towns had a hilarious way of saying Gordon got robbed.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) February 16, 2020
Tyus Jones felt the need to remind everyone how Gordon had to jump over Tacko Fall to get the win, but it still wasn’t enough. Nicolas Batum also made the same observation.
Wowwwwwww lol AG jumped over Tacko and that’s not a 50?????
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) February 16, 2020
Whaaaaaaaat?!?!??! The man jumped over Tacko !!!!?????
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) February 16, 2020
Allonzo Trier lamented that fans will never see two of the greatest modern dunkers take on the contest ever again.
Never again we just lost out smh https://t.co/2mA4mBWCe0
— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) February 16, 2020
Evan Turner, Jusuf Nurkic, Ja Morant, and Andre Iguodala all hit out on the judges.
The judges need to be fined!
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) February 16, 2020
Facts 💯 https://t.co/FJR8mUn7cK
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) February 16, 2020
judges are wilding 🤦🏽♂️
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) February 16, 2020
Kenny known for pullin a Omar and robbin sombody in a dunk contest…
— andre (@andre) February 16, 2020
Jamal Crawford was frustrated that such a great contest ended on a bummer.
Can't have the dunk contest be at the level, then end it like that smh….
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 16, 2020
Paul Pierce had an interesting take and said that this contest will be remembered for a long time.
Definitely a classic!!
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) February 16, 2020
The Slam Dunk Contest will be talked about for days to come, and people will argue for and against Aaron Gordon. However, one thing’s for sure: it will be hard to find another dunker as gifted as AG was.