The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is an annual event that takes place during the NBA All-Star Weekend, typically held in February. In the contest, selected players (usually four) compete to showcase their dunking abilities and creativity, performing a series of dunks judged by a panel of judges and sometimes by fans. The contest has been a part of the NBA All-Star Weekend since 1984 and has featured some of the most iconic and memorable moments in basketball history.
Here are ten of the most memorable slam dunks in NBA Dunk Contest History:
Michael Jordan, 1988 – The free throw line dunk that set the standard for all future dunkers.
Vince Carter, 2000 – The elbow dunk, which earned him a perfect score from all the judges.
Dominique Wilkins, 1985 – The windmill dunk that solidified his reputation as one of the best dunkers of all time.
Zach LaVine, 2016 – The between-the-legs, behind-the-back dunk that earned him his second consecutive Dunk Contest title.
Jason Richardson, 2003 – The off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk that brought the house down.
Spud Webb, 1986 – The 5’7″ dunker wowed the crowd with a series of impressive dunks, including a one-handed windmill.
Aaron Gordon, 2016 – The over-the-mascot dunk that should have won him the contest over Zach LaVine.
Dwight Howard, 2008 – The Superman dunk, which saw him don a cape and bring the ball down through the hoop with one hand.
Blake Griffin, 2011 – The car dunk, where he jumped over the hood of a Kia to throw down a powerful slam.
Nate Robinson, 2009 – The Kryptonite dunk, where he dressed up as Superman’s archenemy and leapt over Dwight Howard.