NBA All-Star Weekend: Why Jeremy Evans Was the Biggest Winner

Garrett Jochnau@@GarrettJochnauCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jeremy Evans of the UTah Jazz celebrates with his trophy after he won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This year's All-Star weekend was full of countless exciting events and with it, numerous champions.

Kevin Durant walked away with the All-Star Game MVP, Tony Parker was crowned champion of the Skills Challenge and Kevin Love walked away with the three-point title. However, none of these accomplishments are quite as major as Jeremy Evan's victory in the Dunk Contest.

While this year's contest was considered one of the most boring ever, no title this weekend meant quite as much as this one did for Evans.

He was chosen as a replacement for Iman Shumpert and when the NBA announced his name, many a fan turned their head with a confused expression on their face. Who is Jeremy Evans?

Out of every participant in any of the major events, Evans was the least known. The role player out of Utah managed only 5.6 minutes per game. Yet, somehow Evans' name was selected to appear in this year's Dunk Contest. That same name happened to be the one that millions of Americans eventually voted, therefore crowning him king.

After a slow start, Evans soon found himself becoming a top competitor. His most impressive dunk of the night was off of a pass thrown by teammate Gordon Hayward. Hayward threw two balls in the air, which were both caught and dunked by Evans who had jumped over his teammate.

Now, fans across the world will recognize the name and face of Jeremy Evans. He—much like Gerald Green—is no longer just another benchwarmer who receives no credit. Green used the contest to make a name for himself, as did Evans.

The underdog candidate realized how life-changing this experience was for him. He told the Salt Lake Tribune that his life will be, "...a lot different. Everybody recognizes my face now. I thought it wouldn't happen like that, but it has."

While the All-Star MVP award may be much more significant than a title of a dunk contest that few really cared about, the victory was vital to Evans to make his name known amongst NBA fans worldwide.