Last year, while sitting courtside and covering the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as a broadcaster for TNT, Charles Barkley openly vented about the array of dunks he saw as the votes were being tallied to decide the winner.
Maybe nobody will win, deadpanned Barkley.
As a whole, Barkley seemed to echo the sentiment of many viewers. It was generally a forgettable contest, though it probably shouldn't have been. Nate Robinson won for the second straight year, and it was the 5-foot-9 guard's third championship overall.
But it was the lack of memorable dunks that made 2010 a lackluster year.
This coming weekend, that can all change.
One contestant stands out among the rest, and might be the reason more people tune in to the contest than last year.
Clippers' forward and Western Conference All-stars' reserve Blake Griffin is known for throwing down some ferocious dunks. On his home court, you have to figure Griffin is the favorite to win.
If there's a dark horse, it's probably Toronto Raptors' swingman DeMar DeRozan. The Los Angeles native was a finalist last year, and some believe he deserved the win over Robinson.
Big men Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards are the other two contestants, each competing for the first time.
This year's contestants are taller than most years. DeRozan is the shortest at 6-foot-7, while Griffin and Ibaka are both listed at 6-foot-10, and JaVale McGee towers at an even 7-feet tall.