The NBA Dunk Contest is a sacred part of NBA All-Star Weekend. It’s so hyped, so anticipated that sometimes it’s hard to top expectations.
So, too, do people have their favorite dunks. Dr. J from the free-throw line. Michael Jordan from the free-throw line. Dominique dominating. Dwight Howard as Superman. Nate Robinson as kryptonite. Every dunk from Vince Carter in 2000. In fact, when I was working at a different outlet a few years back, we ran a voting bracket leading up to the Dunk Contest to see what readers felt was the best slam of all-time from the competition.
Their final vote?
Vince Carter’s East Bay Funk Dunk — that’s the one where he went between the legs — beat out MJ’s free-throw dunk by a margin of 56% to 44%.
Now the NBA has released an epic video containing the best highlights from the history of the dunk contest for your viewing pleasure as we approach the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend.