A Blake Griffin dunk contest appearance would have been the highlight of this year's competition, but the dunk-master of the Los Angeles Clippers says he plans to skip the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest, disappointing millions of fans. In the wake of his decision, you can get your fix of Griffin slams by watching the forward's 10 best dunks here.
Blake Griffin may be starting in the NBA All-Star Game, but an All-Star Weekend Blake Griffin dunk contest appearance is apparently not in the mix, as he will not try to claim the NBA dunking title for a second year in a row this year.
As of right now I don't plan on being in it, Griffin told ESPN Thursday night. Those dunk contests aren't my thing, I said that last year. There's a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff.
Last year, as a rookie, Griffin won the slam dunk contest handily, jumping over a car for a memorable photo finish, and fans have been tuning in to Clippers game ever since his arrival on the team, hoping to catch a glimpse of his dunking prowess. His most-recent massive smash over the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins is the most-talked-about dunk this season, and Blake Griffin dunks will continue to wow as the year continues, though unfortunately there appears to be no Blake Griffin dunk contest appearance coming this year.
Scroll down for a line-up of videos of the 10 best Blake Griffin dunks, in no particular order. Let us know in the comments if we missed any:
1. Blake Griffin's dominating slam over Kendrick Perkins--the leading contender for this season's dunk of the year:
2. Blake Griffin's back-to-back dunks over the Davidson Wildcats in 2008 while he was a college star for the Oklahoma Sooners:
3. Blake Griffin's 360 dunk to open the 2011 NBA dunk contest:
4. Blake Griffin almost hits his face on the rim during this sweet one-handed dunk over the Houston Rockets:
5. Blake Griffin embarasses Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers with this smash, but unfortunately picks up a foul in the process:
6. Blake Griffin lays down a nice 360 one-hander in this video, which compares it to a Kobe Bryant classic:
7. Blake Griffin's famous alley-oop dunk over a Kia car--while a choir sings to provide a soundtrack--to win the 2011 NBA dunking contest:
8. Blake Griffin posterizes the Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade in 2011:
9. Blake Griffin dunks against the New York Knicks in 2010, earning an approving head-nod from fellow All-Star Amar'e Stoudamire:
10. Blake Griffin bounds over a couple of defenders in this astounding one-hander while he was still with the Oklahoma Sooners: