The 26 most fascinating photos from NBA Slam Dunk Contests

  • All-Star weekend has arrived, which means it’s time for the NBA’s annual slam dunk contest.
  • In the past year, the dunk contest has produced some incredible and memorable photos of NBA stars that have gotten a lot of airplay.
  • Take a look back at the most extraordinary photos from past NBA slam dunk contests:

Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest as a rookie in 2018.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Chris Pizzello

His acrobatic dunks – combined with his colorful jersey and shoes – made for some amazing photos.

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Derrick Jones Jr. went between the legs during the dunk contest in 2017.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Gerald Herbert

And the aerial view is absolutely fantastic.

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He also jumped several teammates during the event.

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JaVale McGee upped the ante in 2011, dunking on two different hoops at the same time.

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It’s hard to forget the time Blake Griffin jumped a car for the slam that same year.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Here is the picture from above.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Griffin also imitated legendary dunker Vince Carter by throwing his arm at the rim on a massive dunk.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Carter won the dunk contest in 2000 with the same move.

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He also made walking between the legs look like second nature.

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Gerald Green borrowed the move eight years later.

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But he stunned fans and pundits by replicating Dee Brown’s no-look dunk the year before.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian

Dwight Howard went full Superman during the dunk contest in 2008. He even wore a cape.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Eric Gay

His Airness rocked the slam dunk contest in 1988 with a series of legendary dunks, including this impressive reverse.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/John Swart

Jason Richardson looks like he could walk on air in 2002.

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Nate Robinson — a 5-foot-9 point guard for the New York Knicks — wowed viewers with his high-flying dunks during the 2006 dunk contest.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool

He somehow managed to get even more bounce the next year.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Here’s a shot of him hanging off the rim and catching the rebound off a missed dunk.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file

Aaron Gordon has hit several NBA dunk contests.

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His ability to go under the legs before tipping the rim has mesmerized spectators for years.

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So when he did it over Stuff the Magic Dragon — the Orlando Magic mascot — at the 2016 dunk contest, it sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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Jeremy Evans skated over then-teammate Gordon Hayward to win the dunk contest in 2012.

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The following year, he took a handoff from Utah Jazz great Mark Eaton while jumping over him for the slam.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Pat Sullivan

Zach LaVine soared through the darkness to win the 2015 NBA dunk contest.

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Then he came back and won it again the following year.

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Take a look at the future of the NBA dunk contest:

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