(KUTV) Former Utah Jazzman Darrell Griffith will be in the arena Friday to celebrate current Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell for winning the NBA slam dunk contest during the league's All-Star Weekend.
Mitchell is a contender to the NBA rookie of the year for the current season and Griffith, the second overall pick in the 1980 draft, and was named rookie of the year for that season while averaging 20.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Griffith, with his jersey retired for the Utah team, was known as Dr. Dunkenstien in his playing days and was the first Jazz player to compete in the dunk contest. Mitchell wore his number 35 for one of his dunks and both players went to Louisville. He looked up to Griffith and partly because of him, targeted the Jazz as a team he wanted to play for. Griffith will be part of pre-game festivities to celebrate the dunk contest win.
Friday the Jazz bring an 11-game winning streak to the game when it hosts the Portland Trailblazers. Also coming to the game is the dunk contest trophy that will be on display from 5:30 to 6:30 plm. in the porch area of Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Griffith will also join the TV and radio broadcasts of the game and will participate in a Twitter Q&A from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Friday.