The NBA continued it's quest to fix "All-Star Saturday Night" this season, eliminating the "Shooting Stars" competition from the slate of events in an effort to make the night more exciting. The marquee event on Saturday night's during All-Star weekend, though ,has always been the Slam Dunk Contest.
In recent seasons however, many have complained that the league needs to do something to change up the dunk contest, with complaints generally centering on the lack of originality in certain dunks or too much prop usage in others.
HBO personality Bill Simmons has an idea to fix the dunk contest, and it involves Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert.
"The slam dunk contest should be changed to 'dunk on Roy Hibbert,'" Simmons suggested on his Friday podcast. "Roy Hibbert just standing under the basket, trying to block dunks. That would be my All-Star Saturday."
Hibbert has struggled this season, and the Lakers have actually been better defensively with him off the floor (a defensive rating of 104.3) than with him on it (112.2). Those numbers are at least partially attributable to his teammates and scheme, but also emblematic of a decline in the value of a ground bound seven-footer like Hibbert in today's "pace-and-space" NBA.
So basically, if Simmons likes this idea, all he needs to do is watch a Lakers game over the second half of the season, because the team has been running this contest all year long.
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