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Spud Webb Judging Dunk Contest

The winner of the 1986 All-Star Dunk Contest knows a victory can change a player’s career, so what could it mean for Anfernee Simons?

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Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers is slated to participate in the NBA All-Star Game Dunk Contest, and Spud Webb, who won the competition in 1986 in front of his hometown crowd, knows how winning the contest can change the shape of players’ future careers. According to Tim Reynolds of AP, Webb is looking forward to seeing how the young players in this year’s competition display their talents.

“Hopefully, these guys put on a show for everybody and leave them talking,” Webb said. “I guess that’s really what it’s all about. If people don’t believe in you, then you can go out and prove that you are one of the best dunkers in the NBA.”

This year’s event will look different beyond just the coronavirus. In the two-round event, a winner will be selected by “judges’ choice,” wherein the panel, consisting of Webb, Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson and Josh Smith, will select the winner. Webb wants to see some power in the dunks presented.

“I think even if they repeat a dunk, it depends on the artistic and creative parts of it,” Webb said. “I like the like power dunks. I’m just excited too see what these guys are going to do.”

What could change for Simons after participating? What could change if he wins? We will find out after his performance on Sunday, but regardless, it increases his profile around the league.