It’s fluctuated from being the biggest talking point of All-Star weekend to something of an afterthought – before a recent renaissance – but the Slam Dunk contest has a rich history of athletic and creative jams. How do you rank the best of the best?
Carter kickstarted a series of dunks that has never been matched in Slam Dunk Contest history with this phenomenal jam that gets better and better the more you watch.
Before his championship dominance, Jordan was an athletic freak who cemented his reputation at the 1988 Slam Dunk contest. He recreated Dr J's free-throw line leap to outduel Dominique Wilkins in one of the greatest contests in history.
Vince Carter unleashed spectacular jam after spectacular jam in the 2000 contest. This one was a vicious between-the-legs special off a bounce-pass from Tracy McGrady.
A foot shorter than the average NBA player, Spud Webb shocked the world with his Slam Dunk contest performance, knocking off team-mate, defending champion, and one of the greatest dunkers of all-time - Dominique Wilkins - in a huge upset.
Vinsanity was well and truly announced in 2000 when Carter threw down astonishing jam after astonishing jam. Watchers didn't know how to react to this unique feat.
Before he was a veteran presence for the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala was an athletic youngster capable of throwing jams with the best in history. This phenomenal effort from behind the backboard has all sorts of difficulty, but is smoothly finished.
More than a decade before MJ, and 25 years before Vinsanity, it was Julius Erving who revolutionized the NBA with outstanding athleticism. The Dr's skills were on show for the very first Slam Dunk contest in 1976.
Richardson won the 2003 contest with his final dunk, which was so quick and smooth it's not til it's slowed down on replay you realise how many nuances and amazing touches of creativity and athleticism have been stacked together into one phenomenal jam.
Howard showed lots of theatricality and creativity in his Dunk Contest career, but this may have been his best - tapping the ball onto the backboard with one hand, catching and dunking with the other, all while in motion in mid-air. Take a look.
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