Donovan Mitchell wasn’t even supposed to be in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Suffice it to say he made the most of his opportunity.
The Utah Jazz guard defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. to win Saturday night’s competition in Los Angeles. Mitchell recorded a final-round 98 to win by two points. The Rookie of the Year contender got a berth in the event less than two weeks ago following a hip injury to Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.
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“I wanted this so badly, man,” Mitchell said. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star Weekend, growing up as a kid watching it, not only being in it but to win it—it’s crazy.”
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