Obi Toppin wins 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest
New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin won the 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk contest on State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse over Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson.
Toppin won on a final dunk that incidentally ended with him converting on a layup. Toscano-Anderson finished with a cumulative score of 69 in the third round and 30 on his second dunk after failing to convert three times on a dunk attempt after throwing the ball from behind the basket. Toppin completed an in-between-the legs, one-handed dunk attempt that actually finished as a layup.
Toscano-Anderson received a score of 39 on his first dunk in the third round. He did a windmill dunk before suggesting that his arm didn’t quite catch the rim for a Vince Carter inspired hang the way he’d hoped. Toppin received a score of 45 on his first dunk in the third round. After struggling to complete an in-between-the legs on two attempts, Toppin threw the ball off the backboard and slammed home an in-between-the-legs dunk.
Toppin and Toscano-Anderson each received scores of 44 in the first round. Toscano-Anderson jumped over teammate Andrew Wiggins before throwing down a one-handed windmill. On his third dunk attempt, Toppin jumped over someone before swirling the ball around his back for a left-handed dunk.
In the second round, Toppin received a score of 46 after throwing the ball off the backboard, going between his legs and finishing with a reverse dunk. Toscano-Anderson received a score of 43 after completing an extension and windmill.
Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green was eliminated after the second round. In the first round, Green caught a thrown pass off the side of the backboard and thew down a windmill dunk after failing on multiple tries. He received a score of 38. In the second round, Green received a score of 45 after completing a reverse 360-degree dunk on his second attempt.
Orlando Magic second-year guard Cole Anthony also was eliminated after the second round. In the first round, Anthony tried to use his creativity and athleticism. Anthony’s father, Greg — a former NBA player and current NBA TV analyst — handed his son one of the elder Anthony’s No. 50 New York Knicks jerseys as well as a pair of Timberland boots. Cole could not complete the dunk in “Timbs” on his first two tries. But on the third attempt, Cole threw down with his left hand and received a score of 40. On the second round, Cole failed to convert a 360-degree dunk attempt three different times.