ORLANDO, Fla. - Chase Budinger is the only Rockets player who took part in the NBA slam dunk contest on Saturday, Feb. 25 during All-Star Weekend.


A memorable performance for Budinger and the millions watching.


Budinger's message to P. Diddy before his first attempt?


"White men can jump and I'm about to prove it right now," said Budinger smiling.


Soon after,P. Diddy, facing the basketball hoop, delivered a perfectly timed lob to Budinger, who threw it down for a huge flush.


Yeah, the judges gave the Houston Rockets sensation a perfect 10 and rightfully so.


Following a thunderous windmill jam in his next attempt, Budinger, a San Diego native and pride of the University of Arizona, gave fans a throw-back moment from the 1992 dunk contest  -- Cedric Ceballos style -- with a blindfolded acrobatic leap to the net.


You could say Budinger made the crowd stand-up and take notice.


With over three million fans casting their votes on Saturday, Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz is named your 2012 slam dunk champ.


There were a few sighs following the announcement of Evans winning. Based on Budinger's performance, yes, many thought the Rockets forward should have won instead of Evans.


Oh, did we mention that the NBA All-Star festivities are in Houston in Feb. 2013?


If Budinger enters the slam dunk contest in the Bayou City, hopefully he won't have to worry about getting snubbed by fans.