Who Would Win a NY Knicks-Only Dunk Contest?

Andrew BurtonCorrespondent IIIFebruary 11, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26:  J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks slam dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Knicks defeated the Suns 99-97. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's pretty exciting to have James White representing the New York Knicks in this year's All-Star dunk competition, but what if there was a contest among all active Knicks? 

Would James White be the favorite? How about Carmelo Anthony? Iman Shumpert? 

I know who you're thinking could win it all—Steve Novak!

Yeah, not so much.

The only one that would really give White a run for his money is J.R. Smith

Think about it—who is flashier with the ball than Smith? 

He's a great leaper and nine-out-of-10 times when he takes flight on a fast break, he'll leave our jaws open. Even when the lane isn't open, Smith has the skill to make fans squeal in our very seats. 

Smith has taken part in the dunk contest in the past, so he wouldn't have those rookie jitters.

If you recall, J.R. Smith represented the New Orleans Hornets in the 2005 dunk contest, and this was one of his dunks. 

Pretty nasty stuff right? 

To time a behind-the-back dunk perfectly takes a lot of practice, but Smith nailed it after one attempt that night. 

It's certainly not an easy move to pull off, but J.R. tackled the feat effortlessly.

2005 wouldn't be the only time we'd see the talented guard in a dunk contest.

He came back in 2009 as a member of the Denver Nuggets, and while the competition was fierce, time wasn't on his side. He had to just get a dunk off quick enough to be judged on as his initial attempts failed.

However, we've seen some special dunks come during games where J.R. was guarded.

Smith is fearless on the court, and that was evident when he pulled this reverse dunk.

Spike Lee took to his Twitter account to send out the following message (h/t SheridanHoops.com):

J.R. Smith's Dunk From A Low Alley Opp From Pablo Was DOPENESS.And Dat's Da Rim Rockin' Truth,Ruth.Orange And Blue "Cold As Sh*t" Skies.Brrr

Simply put, Smith has pulled off some incredible dunks both in contests and games, so it's easy to see how he could dominate his teammates in a dunk-off. 

In the words of Spike, Smith's a "dope" baller that can "rock da rim" and in doing so, electrify those in attendance watching him. 

My money's on him winning a Knicks-only dunk contest.