Derrick’s professional career started with the Sacramento Kings in 2016, but due to a groin injury he was had to sit out. Soon after that injury he became a part of the Phoenix Suns organization and currently plays on their D-League team, the Northern Arizona Suns. He is playing 32 minutes a game, averaging 15 points, and 6 boards a night. Those numbers aren’t amazing, but what he is known for is being able to jump out of the gym.
The complete list of 2017 dunk participants consist of Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic (last year's runner up), DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III from the Pacers, and Derrick Jones Jr. I personally like the decision to have Derrick Jones Jr. in this dunk contest even though he has only played 11 minutes with the Suns. I feel the majority of NBA fans will agree that the dunk contest is not what it used to be and adding in a new face will help this contest. The fact that the dunk contest is one of the top stories on ESPN is something I have not seen in awhile and it is because of the decision to add in a D-Leaguer. It is a great thing to see because this event showcases one of the most exciting plays and some of the most athletic talents in all of sports. As for the future of the contest I think it would be interesting to see some the famous street ball dunkers that we see on Twitter or Youtube doing some freakish dunks.
I am only one opinion, I would really like to hear what other fans think of this. Please comment below or feel free to tweet @Guy_ND_TK and give a blurb if you agree or disagree with having Derrick Jones Jr. in the 2017 Dunk Contest.