James "Flight" White favored in possibly the best dunk contest ever

Feb 14, 2013 |
James White is the odds-on favorite for tonight's dunk contest.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
James White is the odds-on favorite for tonight's dunk contest.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Hardcore basketball fans know about James “Flight" White. And come NBA All-Star Saturday Night, chances are the rest of the sports world will as well.

White, who has bounced around the NBADL and overseas since coming out of Cincinnati in 2006, is widely regarded among hoops heads as the greatest dunker of all time. His 6:45 minutes per game with the New York Knicks will finally give the 6-foot-7 leaper a chance to prove it.

Jump ahead to the 4:45 mark if you feel like changing your pants.

White is the favorite to win Saturday’s annual NBA Slam Dunk Contest, priced between +200 and +300 at online books (Nevada sportsbook can’t release odds on an event determined by judges – even though boxing and MMA are). White actually opened as high as +600 at UWin.com but was quickly bet down to +250 before settling at +130 Saturday afternoon.

“We were the standout price on him and happy to lay him to be honest,” Russ Candler of UWin.com told Covers. “But on an event like this, there’s only enough $50 and $100 bets you can take before you say ‘enough is enough’.”

Behind White in the Slam Dunk odds are Raptors rookie Terrence Ross (+350), former dunk champ Gerald Green (+400) of the Pacers, Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (+500), defending champ Jeremy Evans (+500) of the Jazz, and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (+600).

While the field lacks star power and name buzz, it's shaping up to be one of the greatest dunk contests ever. White, alone, could steal the show but you also have two past winners, a high-flying little man, a rookie riser and dreadlocked beast that is rumored to be working on a bowling ball dunk.

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