So often, dunk contest participants are seen completing mediocre dunks in the first round of play. Why is this? Because they don’t want to use up their one or MAYBE two spectacular dunks that they plan on using in the final round. So if you’re reading this Blake Griffin: DO NOT DO THAT. Come out with your first dunk and let everyone in the stands know that for this contest, the arena is yours and nobody else’s.
Due to the trend created by players saving all of their best dunks for the final round, by completing an unexpectedly insane first round dunk, the contest is yours. Everyone will be thinking, “OMG, if this is what he did in the first round, I can’t even imagine what his next throw down will be!”
Leave the fans hanging early, not in the end. If they walk out of the stadium thinking they could have seen more, the dunker did not do his job. They need to feel as if there is nothing humanly possible for them to have seen. If the fans leave thinking that, and they are still cheering by the time they get to their car or hotel room, the dunker responsible is probably hoisting up a trophy at center court.
Leave nothing in the tank, let the fans no the gym is yours, even if it isn’t!