Indiana Pacers shooting guard Glenn Robinson III became the first former Michigan player to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest by defeating Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns in the final round, 94-87.
"I've been an underdog all my life, all my career," Robinson told TNT. "This is just the beginning for me. I've got some great teammates, some great help to help get this done. It's been a dream come true and (I'm) just having fun."
In his first dunk, Robinson jumped over two people - one on top of the other - and threw down a left-handed dunk. He earned a perfect score of 50 for his first dunk.
Robinson’s second dunk was a 360 windmill. After adding a “dab” during the dunk, he earned a score of 41, which clenched him a spot in the finals.
Orlando Magic shooting guard Aaron Gordon and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan were defeated after the first round.
In the final round, Jones missed all three of his first dunk attempts for a score of 37. On his second dunk attempt, he logged a perfect score of 50. Robinson’s first dunk attempt went for a score of 44. He scored a perfect 50 on his last dunk by jumping over Pacers small forward Paul George, a Pacers mascot, and a Pacers cheerleader for a reverse slam dunk to win the title.
Robinson played two seasons for Michigan and started in all 76 games. He averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. He has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, and Pacers in his NBA career.