If Tottenham held their own skill challenge, who do you think would win?
Marilyn Dubinsky: On his own, it’s obvious Dejounte Murray (although if he’s still on the team, Derrick White might give him a run for his money). When I use the existing three-player team format, I had Devin Vassell and possibly Lonnie Walker to join in. Walker’s open field speed will be especially useful in a relay challenge. (And would it be cool to include Jacob Boltel in the Half-court Shot Challenge?)
Mark Barrington: Dejounte for sure. He has the most comprehensive skill set of any of the people currently on the Spurs roster, but Trey Jones could be around in a couple of years.
Bruno Passos: I think Dejounte Murray wins this award the most times out of 10, but there are at least a few simulations where he bounces hard off his foot and loses to someone like Tre Jones or Josh Primo. Despite sheer speed and wit, and a virtual kind, this DJ would lose.
Jesus Gomez: Lonnie Walker IV could really win this one. He had to go through one of his go-to spurs for a few minutes, but he has the speed, shooting ability and passing skills to beat Dejounte Murray, who would be the favourite.
J.R. Wilco: I’m with Jesus definitely here in the Mark X out of 10 scenario, (assuming Walker was in Houston-back), looney goes too far.
If Tottenham held their own three-point shooting contest, who do you think would win?
Dubinsky: I have to go with Doug McDermott. Keldon Johnson has been right with him in terms of shooting percentage most of the season, but McBuckets is a more experienced and consistent shooter with a purer hit at this point in his career. KJ can easily come with rage, but if I had to bet money, I would trust him to McDermott.
Barrington: I’d put money on Keldon, but Doug McDermott has a quick release and can probably handle the assembly line approach you need to get 27 better shots in 60 seconds, while negotiating movement between racks. Devin Vassell had a chance, but he’s running cold and hot, so he’s going to have to get a real hot streak.
Basos: hot as it has been this season, Keldon Johnson doesn’t get these shots in a clip fast enough to finish, and Lonnie Walker can’t be expected enough to bet on him, so give me who I suppose would be the likely favorite in Doug McDermott. If HORSE was still a thing, I’d take Doug there, too.
Gomez: McDermott is a safe bet here. Lonnie and Primo can get hot, and Keldon Johnson can make up for the lack of speed with his accurate release, but it’s just hard to bet a three-point shooting professional with a proven track record.
Wilco: Everyone goes with McBuckets, and I can’t blame them. His shot is pure, accurate and repeatable. But I would love to see the second fight between KJ, Vassell and Primo.
If Tottenham held their own dunk competition, who do you think would win?
Dubinsky: Definitely Lonely Walker. He has the toughest athletic talent of any player on the team, with the best jumps and hovering ability. He also has handles for doing some great diving, maneuvering the ball into the air, and returning the ball first. Players like Murray, Boltle, and Johnson can give you a nice win now and then, but nothing fancy.
Barrington: Lonnie Walker IV All Day Long. He has the most sportsmanship and creativity of any silver and black player, although it doesn’t always translate into production on the field. No one else on the list is on his level, which is way above the edge.
Basos: Johnson is more than just immersed in the game but I feel he could get a 10 or two through ultimate character and using a prop or two. The smart money, however, is on Walker, who deserves the ball throw of her own mixed bars that will likely look home at the actual event this weekend.
Gomez: This is perhaps the most interesting event of all, because Tottenham really don’t have amazing Dunker. Their best is probably Walker, who has incredible jumps, but his dips in the game are similar to LeBron James in that they are more violent than graceful. It’s certainly possible that the hypothetical judges will be more impressed with Keldon’s character than the ultimate sporty Lonnie, so getting upset is out of the question. I’d still go with Walker, but it’s probably closer than it seems.
Wilco: Walker is an obvious choice here as is the Doji for the 3-point contest. The sheer height he can achieve means he has the time and space to be as creative as necessary – and creativity wins dunk competitions. I don’t care how uninventive his buddies are during matches, he’ll have something to show us if the style points are going to win him over.