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Posted at 7:19 PM ET, 02/19/2011

Poll: Will John Wall and/or JaVale McGee win?

By Michael Lee

Wait, John. Shouldn't both of us get dap? (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


John Wall and JaVale McGee are both considerable underdogs in their respective competitions on Saturday. Wall is the only rookie in the Skills Challenge competition, which also features former champion Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.

Wall went through a practice run in Orlando but didn't feel fully prepared. "Toughest part is making the bounce pass and chest pass," Wall said. "I can pass, but that's a tough target, so I ain't had no time to practice."

Blake Griffin, the prohibitive favorite to win the Slam Dunk competition with his impressive collection of highlight jams and the advantage of playing in front of his home arena, has overshadowed McGee and other participants DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka. McGee has been getting ready for weeks and said, "It's going to be real exciting."

But do you think they can win?

By Michael Lee  | February 19, 2011; 7:19 PM ET
 
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SI's Chris Mannix lists potential SG candidates of interest to Chicago prior to its playoff run:

"...J.R. Smith, who won't be dealt until after the Anthony situation is resolved. The Bulls have invested a lot of scouting hours in the Rockets' Courtney Lee, too, though a source said Houston is reluctant to part with him. Another shooting guard, Cleveland's Anthony Parker, is also on their radar. Rival executives believe Chicago is a leading candidate to land Richard Hamilton as well, should Hamilton be bought out by the Pistons."

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Javale probably has a better chance than Wall tonight, wouldnt that be something if they both won.

Posted by: divi3 | February 19, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Ray Allen recently broke Reggie Miller's all-time 3 pt record.

What Milw Bucks GM traded Ray Allen to Seattle, along with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie, and a conditional 1st rd pick, in exchange for Gary Payton & Desmond Mason midway through the 2002–03 season.

Allen remained with Seattle til June 28, 2007. As an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2003–04 season, Payton signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hint: Wiz fans, it's your favorite GM !!

Posted by: ubetonit | February 19, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

He wuz robbed!

Posted by: DKSW | February 19, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

You kind of knew this was going to Griffin when the NBA used his image in the All Star logo.

JaVale put on a show!

Posted by: bozomoeman | February 19, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

He was robbed but hed should have saved the 2 basket dunk for last. Blake's final dunk wasn't all that impressive but J McGee wanted to do that dunk where he grabbed the dollar bill in the net with his teeth but he didn't do it because of the other guy that did the thing with the bear. Timing and chose was the issue but JM still had a great night. Either way, Blake probably would have won with the texting thing and it being in LA and it also being a popularity contest as well

Posted by: zack5 | February 19, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McGee was robbed! He made dunks that never been done. Dunking three balls at the same time, wow! Blake on the other hand did nothing special but being Blake.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 19, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Both events were sadly underwhelming, but not as bad/ridiculous as that shooting star "challenge." C'mon, let's keep the WNBA broads out of this all star weekend.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 19, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

The fix was in. Come on they promo the dunk contest(laugh) using only Blake's name. Give us a break. Fixed totally. Give McGee his prize money. Some for his Mom, too. Cause she's still hot.

Posted by: Berndaddy | February 20, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

McGee (JaVall to Howard) was good enough to win but would have had a better chance if that text voting wasn't part of it. Mom kissing judges including Dr. J in mouth was enough to get him 50's in the finals. I will still give it to "JaVall" for most original dunks.

BTW, Isn't it clear that J Howard will pull a Shaq and bolt to LA as soon as his deal is up in Orlando?

Posted by: zack5 | February 20, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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