The 26 most shocking photos from NBA Slam Dunk contests

  • All-Star weekend has arrived, which means it’s time for the NBA’s annual slam dunk contest.
  • Over the past year, the dunk contest has seen some incredible and memorable photos of NBA stars getting big air.
  • Take a look back at the most extraordinary photos from slam dunk contests in the NBA:

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

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Chris Pizzello

His acrobatic dunks – along with his colorful jersey and shoes – made for some great photos.

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

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And the view from the air is amazing.

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He also jumped over 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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The time Blake Griffin jumped over a car for the slam that same year is hard to forget.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

This is the shot from above.

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Griffin also imitated Vince Carter’s famous dunk by throwing his hand in the rim on a giant dune.

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Carter won the 2000 dunk contest with that same move.

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It also made a second appearance between the legs.

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Gerald Green got the move on loan eight years later.

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But he stunned fans and fans by recreating Dee Brown’s one-look dunk the year before.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian

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

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His Airness won the 1988 slam dunk contest with some legendary dunks, including the impressive reverse.

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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 – stunned the crowd with his high-flying dunks during the 2006 dunk contest.

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Swimming

He somehow managed to get more bounce the following year.

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

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Aaron Gordon has made a splash in multiple NBA dunk contests.

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His ability to get under the feet before rocking the edge has disturbed audiences 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 an absolute frenzy.

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Jeremy Evans, his teammate at the time, skied Gordon Hayward to win the 2012 dunk contest.

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

Photo: sourceAP Photo/Pat Sullivan

Zach LaVine soared in the dark to win the 2015 NBA dunk contest.

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Then he came back and won again the following year.

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Now take a look at the future of the NBA dunk contest:

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