Who would win a Marlins slam dunk contest?

JUPITER, Fla. — Jeremy Evans soared to the slam dunk title on Saturday night during the NBA’s All-Star weekend in Orlando.

Evans stole the show by catching two lobbed basketballs at once, and slamming both home, while leaping over his Utah Jazz teammate, Gordon Hayward.

Several Miami Marlins share a passion for basketball, and a number of them have pretty good leaping abilities. Which raises the question, who would win a Marlins’ slam dunk challenge?

“I bet Stanton,” said Josh Johnson, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who also can dunk.

Mike Stanton, a three-sport athlete in high school, is a towering 6-foot-5 who says he has three standard dunks — two-handed, tomahawk and reverse.

Logan Morrison, who says he could dunk before his right knee surgery, says Scott Cousins would be a sleeper contender in a dunk contest.

Cousins, 6-foot-1, played high school basketball. In the day, he could bounce the ball, have it deflect off the backboard, catch it in mid-air and dunk.

“We can square off,” Stanton said when informed Cousins was considered a serious challenger.

“I was a good shooter and a good athlete,” Cousins said. “But I didn’t know how to play the mental game. Yeah, I could dunk. At one point, I was doing some trick dunks.”

Cousins held the three-point record at his high school.

Hanley Ramirez, 6-3, can dunk. A couple of surprise candidates with great leaping ability are Bryan Petersen and Kevin Mattison, both 6-footers.

Sean West, at 6-8, would be a potential frontrunner.

How such a contest would play out will never be known, because of risk of injury, MLB players refrain from taking chances on a basketball court.

Joe Frisaro

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