Tonight, someone will be crowned as the new slam dunk champion in the NBA. However, it’s unlikely that any of the contestants will reach the immortality achieved by the dunkers below. We have listed the 13 best dunks in the history of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, so sit back and admire this aerial display.
#13. Dwight Howard
A man that big and that muscular shouldn’t be able to have the finesse and agility to pull off such a deft dunk.
#12. Gerald Green
To appreciate this Gerald Green dunk, you have to watch it in slow motion. The way he blew out the candle on the cupcake while also finishing with authority at the rim was spectacular.
#11. Nate Robinson
The 5-foot-9 on-a-good-day Nate Robinson dunking over the behemoth that is Dwight Howard made jaws drop around the world.
#10. Cedric Ceballos
Sure, maybe there was a tiny hole in his blindfold, but what Cedric Ceballos accomplished was damn impressive.
#9. JR Rider
JR Rider had a tumultuous basketball career but his athleticism and power were on full display when he unleashed this hellacious dunk.
#8. Dee Brown
Not only was Dee Brown short, he upped the difficulty level by hiding his eyes. The resulting No Look Dunk became a thing of legend.
#7. Andre Iguodala
After taking the pass from Allen Iverson, Andre Iguodala had to duck under the backboard, float a few feet and then finish with his back to the basket. Wow!
#6. Dominique Wilkins
No basketball player ever finished as ferociously as Dominique Wilkins. This slam from 1985 shows the Hawks legend at the top of his form.
#5. Jason Richardson
Off the bounce, Jason Richardson went between his legs before finishing with a smooth reverse dunk. The rabid reaction from the onlookers says it all.
#4. Spud Webb
Spud Webb, all of 5-foot-7, appeared to literally fly on his way to this legendary off-the-bounce dunk.
#3. Julius Erving
Although many have copied it since then, Dr. J made the free throw line dunk famous.
#2. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan had many great dunks in his basketball career. However, this particular slam illustrates the grace and the force that made him such an illustrious dunker.
#1. Vince Carter
In the best Slam Dunk Contest showing of all-time, Vince Carter was simply perfect. This particular slam redefined the art of dunking a basketball.