Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz jumps over a painting of himself in the final round during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, a part of 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 16, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Jeremy Evans didn’t win this year’s dunk contest, but he did manage to leave his mark on the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk contest at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
In his first dunking attempt in the final round, the Utah Jazz power forward brought out an easel with a large picture covered in a black cloth, according to NBC Sports. He placed it inside of the restricted area and proceeded to run and perform a left handed dunk over it.
Afterward, he removed the black cloth and revealed a painting depicting himself dunking in midair over the black cloth covered easel.
He got the idea for his creative dunk from one of his coaches.
“Actually, a player development coach helped me out with that,” he said. “He knew I was a painter, so why not do that?”
Evans created the painting himself, taking a week and a half to finish. It wasn't completed until the night before the contest because he wanted to ensure the ball that appeared in the work was accurate.
Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors was given the trophy for 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, getting 58 percent of the vote from fans. But Evans' performance will not be forgotten.