It's pretty much official that JaVale McGee will indeed be a part of the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The Wizards' big man, an avid Twitter user, just sent out this message on his new account.
3 big men in the dunk contest... #Priceless... really excited !!!!
McGee will be competing against Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka and Brandon Jennings (hence the "3 big men" comment). Griffin is the overwhelming favorite, seeing as the competition is in Los Angeles and that he is a rising star, so there's a good chance McGee can't win no matter what he does. That said, what should his dunk strategy be?
Bethlehem Shoals of Fanhouse has a suggestion: be completely random.
McGee isn't going to beat Griffin at his own game, and as we've seen, can't throw down from the free throw line. He would do well to study the history of the past, and consult the famous Gerald Green BIRTHDAY CAKE dunk of 2008. When Green blew out a candle on a cupcake -- lit by Rashad McCants, and perched on the rim -- it was super-athletic and fun. But most of all, it was truly bizarre and unforeseen, even if in retrospect, McCants seems to have provided much of the guile. McGee might want to try something with a bunch of severed doll heads, or a dress himself as a human pinata that explodes on dunk-pact. Gilbert Arenas would be proud.
Considering McGee's portfolio of in-game dunks, that sounds like a good strategy. In fact, let's look at that portfolio below the jump.
Here's McGee rocking the cradle dunk in Summer League.
This is McGee showing a past Dunk Contest winner how it's done.
Look out, Kyle Korver.
JaVale is best on putback dunks. Here's one of his top efforts against the Pistons.
Here's McGee waiving bye bye to Elton Brand.
Look how high JaVale gets on this fast break.
Of course, you all remember when he botched that free-throw line dunk in Sacramento earlier this year.
And, of course, you can watch this, which is just a career mix that includes mostly dunks.