NEW YORK – Jazzman Jeremy Evans is headed to All-Star Saturday Night.
The 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk will feature six dunkers competing in a two-round competition as part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. The new format will pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in an exciting night of competition that will also raise money for charity.
The Western Conference will be represented by the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz along with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe and Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried.
The Eastern Conference lineup will include the Indiana Pacers’ Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross and New York Knicks’ James White.
“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to participate, not just for the first time, but to be able to go back for a second time,” said Evans. “I want to top what I did last year and come out and try to win it again.”
The first Jazz player ever selected NBA Slam Dunk champion, Evans aims to repeat his success in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk. Evans received 29 percent of the more than four million fan votes cast worldwide en route to his victory during last year’s contest. Feb.y 29, 2012, was officially declared “Jeremy Evans Day” in Utah by Governor Gary R. Herbert in his honor.
Should the 6-foot-9, 194 pound forward take home the 2013 Slam Dunk crown, he would become the sixth player in NBA history to win multiple Dunk titles, and would join the select group of Michael Jordan (1987, 1988), Jason Richardson (2002, 2003) and Nate Robinson (2009, 2010) as the only players to win the title in back-to-back years.
Nicknamed the “Human Pogo Stick,” Evans remains the sixth Jazz player in franchise history to be in the dunk contest and is only the third Jazz player to participate in the competition in consecutive years. Darrell Griffith (1984, 1985) and Blue Edwards (1990, 1991) are the only other players to have represented the Jazz in the dunk contest twice.
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