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Why Ike Nwamu Is The Favorite To Win The 2018 NBA G League Dunk Contest

Editor Dakota Schmidt looks at why he believes Ike Nwamu will win the 2018 NBA G League Dunk Contest

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On Sunday afternoon, NBA G League will have their 10th annual Slam Dunk Contest. This will occur before the start of the NBA G League International Challenge where Team G League USA will compete against the Mexican National team. Although a lot of eyes will be on that game to see how the G League USA team fares before they go play in some FIBA World Cup qualifiers

However, this year’s G League Dunk Contest should be a blast as the league picked some of the top young dunkers. That list includes: Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best, Iowa Wolves wing Michael Bryson, Mad Ants forward DeQuan Jones, AC Clippers guard Ike Irogebu and Skyforce wing Ike Nwamu. While each of those players are terrific dunkers and have entertained fans across the G League.

However, I’d personally give the advantage to Ike Nwamu to win this year’s Dunk Contest. In his 2nd season with the Skyforce, Nwamu has impressed as he’s put up 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on 41% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc. That’s a steady improvement compared to how he played during his initial season in the NBA G League.

While he’s made a bevy of on-court improvements, Nwamu’s most known for his great feats as a dunker. That status was first made when he was just a high school kid playing ball at Westchester Country High School in High Point, North Carolina. Thanks to the combination of summer tournaments and YouTube, Nwamu was able to go viral thanks to his ability as a tremendous dunker.

After graduating from high school, Nwamu embarked on a college career where he played three separate universities: Cleveland State, Mercer and UNLV. No matter where he was, his reputation as a tremendous athlete only grew with rim-rocking dunk. Although he was always able to throw down great slam during in-game action, Nwamu’s best work came in practices, preseason events or actual slam dunk contests.

Back in 2016, he competed in the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest where he had an opportunity to compete against current G Leaguers like Shaq Harrison and Craig Sword. Although he ended up losing the competition to former University of Mary guard Devan Douglas, probably threw down the best dunk in that entire contest. In the semis, Nwamu pulled off a windmill slam that finished with him putting his elbow in the basket like Vince Carter in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Content.

Those amazing slams have continued his pro career, as he’s thrown down some electrifying dunks during his time with the Skyforce.

Or when he played for Nigeria in the 2017 Afrobasket.

No matter the competition or the team that’s in front of his chest, Nwamu always seems to do whatever he can to just slam it down so hard that he’s willing to break the rim away from the backboard. In addition to that ruthless aggression, Nwamu has these tramlines-like hops and and wicked hang time.

With that trifecta of traits, I fully expect Ike Nwamu to shine in Sunday afternoon’s G League Dunk Contest and took home the trophy.