The Slam Dunk Contest is always one of the biggest events during NBA All-Star weekend. Most, but not all, of the greatest dunkers in NBA history have participated in the contest.
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Dwight Howard, C, 2004-present
Howard is now launching the Hawks in Altanta, but he believes his best dunking days are behind him -- when he was in Orlando. No one will forget Superman's flight from the foul line in the 2008 dunk contest.
Darryl Dawkins, C, 1975-89
Dunk You Very Much, Yo Mama, In Your Face Disgrace and Rim Wrecker are just a few of Dawkins' dunks. But whatever the nickname, Chocolate Thunder was a powerful force. His backboard-breaking slams in 1979 forced the NBA to adopt the breakaway rim.
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LeBron James, SF, 2003-present
LeBron will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game and maybe the most gifted athlete in all sports. He's won nearly every honor in professional basketball, except that of NBA Slam Dunk Contest champ. And sadly, we may never see him participate.
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Kobe Bryant, SG, 1996-2016
Bryant is most dangerous in clutch moments and has countless buzzer beaters to prove it. It's his final NBA All-Star Game this year, but no one can forget how great of a dunker he was as a young phenom. Bryant was the youngest dunk contest winner at age 18 in 1997.
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Blake Griffin, PF, 2010-present
Griffin's dunks are already some of the greatest in NBA history. He leaped over a car to win the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie. The Clippers' superstar has plenty of time to make a case as the best dunker of all time.
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Shawn Kemp, PF, 1989-2003
The Reign Man had a wide range of posterizing dunks and ferociously finished Gary Payton's alley-oops for nearly a decade in Seattle. The six-time All-Star didn't win a dunk contest, but he did throw down an impressive jam over actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a 1994 MTV celebrity game.
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Michael Jordan, SG, 1984-93, 1994-98, 2001-03
Jordan made jaw-dropping moves that are still talked about today. His free-throw-line flight and his facial on Patrick Ewing will be in every NBA highlight video until the end of time. Jordan claimed back-to-back dunk titles in 1987-88.
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Julius Erving, SF, 1971-87
There were many impressive dunkers before Dr. J, but he turned it into an art form. Among his innovations was the free-throw-line takeoff during the first slam dunk contest at the ABA's 1976 All-Star weekend.
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Vince Carter, SG, 1998-present
Carter's two most memorable dunks did not come during an NBA game. His elbow-in-the-rim slam dubbed the Honey Dip locked up the 2000 dunk contest, and at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he pulled off the Dunk of Death, when he jumped over 7-foot-2 French center Frederic Weis.
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Dominique Wilkins, SF, 1982-99
Wilkins regularly threw down dunks during games that you normally see only during contests. And he didn't disappoint when it was showtime. Wilkins was a nine-time All-Star and was crowned NBA dunk contest champ in 1985 and 1990. His windmill dunks through the lane were a trademark of late-80s NBA basketball.