NBA: Utah’s Donovan Mitchell Wins 2018 Slam Dunk Contest

Donovan Mitchell 2018 Slam Dunk Champ

Growing up, Donovan Mitchell loved watching the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Watching the likes of Vince Carter, Blake Griffin, Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon, Mitchell always dreamed of being on the big stage.

Despite an impressive rookie season — winning numerous awards and the odds on favorite to win the Rookie of the Year — Mitchell didn’t get an invite to All-Star Weekend. However, after Gordon pulled out because of a rib injury, Mitchell not only got an invite, but used the initial snub as extra motivation as the Utah Jazz guard got his chance. His moment. His day.

Mitchell took home the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest title after paying homage to Vince Carter by throwing down an impressive 360-degree spin dunk that the former slam dunk champion used to win the 2000 contest. Mitchell became just the second Jazzman to win the competition, joining Jeremy Evans who won in 2012.

“I wanted this so bad,” Mitchell said, smiling as he gripped the trophy. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend.”

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