Wiggins reveals that his loss against a top field in high school dunk contest discouraged him from ever competing in a dunk contest again.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is one of the league’s athletic rising stars in the NBA, but he is not interested in adding the Slam Dunk title to his list of accomplishments in his budding pro career.
And with the NBA All Star weekend set to take place in his hometown of Toronto, the 20-year old Andrew Wiggins has the chance to add his name in the list of the greatest high-flyers to have competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on All Star Saturday, but declined to do so.
Aside from deferring to teammate Zach LaVine, who is set to defend his dunk title from a year ago, Andrew Wiggins also revealed to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne a deeper reason behind his non-participation in the Slam Dunk contest.
“My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald’s [All-]American Game, so I really don’t do … dunks anymore. I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don’t really do it anymore,” said Wiggins.
“Right now, you can give it to him [Zach LaVine]. I won’t be doing all the surprise dunks. I just keep it simple — one hand, two hands.”
The dunk contest Andrew Wiggins noted was during the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game, where he competed against future NBA stars Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
The win was eventually snatched by Chris Walker, a former Florida Gators standout now with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
The NBA announced its roster of competitors for the Slam Dunk contest, which features the likes of Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, Orlando forward Aaron Gordon, and Minnesota forward LaVine.
In the 2015 edition held in Brooklyn, LaVine scored a perfect 50 in the finals on a between the legs dunk while wearing a Michael Jordan “Tune Squad” jersey from the movie “Space Jam.” Andrew Wiggins supported his teammate Zach LaVine during the contest.