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The Top Five Slam Dunk Contests of All Time

February 15th, 2013 at 5:27 PM
By Gordon Robinson

'Michael Jordan, Slamdunk Contest, Chicago, IL - 1988' photo (c) 2010, Cliff - license:

5. 2008  "The Superman Dunk"-  Gerald Green was the defending champion and Rudy Gay and Jamario Moon were also on the card. Green broke out the infamous "blow out the candle on the cupcake" dunk and Dwight Howard provided a show of tough dunks that were extremely tough. The show-stopper, of course, came when he put on the cape, took flight and tossed the ball into the rim (yes, we know it wasn't an official dunk). 

4. 1986 "Little Big Man"- In Atlanta, the stage was set; you had Dominique Wilkins, his brother Gerald and Jerome Kersey to name a few. That didn't matter to "Spud" Webb as he broke out dunk after dunk and the crowd went crazy watching the 5'7" guard. In the finals, it came down to "Spud" and 'Nique and in the end, Spud was the champ.

3. 1985 "A Changing of the Guard"- The legends, Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Larry Nance were ready to show the young boys how its done. The young guys included Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, Micheal Jordan and Dominique Wilkins. This contest started one of the greatest rivalries in slam dunk history, "Air Jordan" vs. "The Human Highlight Film" and in the beginning Dominique Wilkins walked away the victor.

2.  2000 "It's Over" - Probably one of the best dunk contests from top to bottom. The names include Jerry Stackhouse, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Ricky Davis, Larry Hughes and of course Vince Carter. Every contestant brought their "A" game, but "Vinsanity" just kept pulling tricks out of his hat. From the reverse spin 360 to sticking his arm into the rim, Carter separated himself from Francis and T-Mac to seal the deal.

1. 1988 "The Classic"- No matter who you talk to this is always high on the dunk contests lists. It is another installment to the Jordan vs. Wilkins rivalry, this time in Chicago and many will tell you (especially in Atlanta!) the 'Nique was robbed. However, Micheal Jordan made such dunks famous as "Kiss The Rim" and "Rocking the Cradle" and he received a perfect score when he took off from the free throw line. That perfect score gave him the one point that he needed to top Wilkins and give Jordan back to back trophies.


Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Dominique Wilkins, NBA, Vince Carter

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