Which high flyer did it the best?
Birthday cake dunk
Gerald Green, 2008
Gerald Green entered the contest as the defending champion and he gave the crowd a dunk they had never seen before. Green put a cupcake on the back of the rim, lit a candle, and blew it out while dunking the ball.
Dwight Howard, 2008
Dwight Howard stole the show in the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest. He left the crowd wanting more after every dunk that he completed. However the dunk that he will forever be remembered for is the "Superman" dunk. Howard put on a Superman costume and cape, jumped from just inside the free-throw line and caught an alley-oop pass from teammate Jameer Nelson. He was so high in the air that he had to throw the ball into the basket without touching the rim.
Vince Carter, 2000
Vince Carter shocked the crowd after every dunk that he completed. But when he introduced them to his "elbow" dunk the audience erupted as he hung on the rim.
Brent Barry, 1996
Brent Barry did his own version of the foul-line slam to bring home the Slam Dunk trophy.
East Bay Funk dunk
Isaiah Rider, 1994
Isaiah Rider introduced the world to his "East Bay Funk Dunk" during the Slam Dunk contest. The slam is a spectacular between-the-legs in mid-air jam. Charles Barkley called it the best dunk he had ever seen.
Michael Jordan, 1988
Michael Jordan appeared to fly as he did his own version of Julius Erving's foul-line dunk. Like Erving, Jordan jumped from the free-throw line and dunked the ball, but Jordan cocked his legs back to add artistry to his flight.
Spud Webb, 1986
Spud Webb, at 5 feet 6, became the shortest player ever to compete in the Slam Dunk contest. He completed a number of jaw-dropping dunks and impressed the judges the most with his elevator two-handed double-pump dunk.
Dominique Wilkins, 1985
The 1985 NBA Slam dunk contest is considered by many as the greatest dunk contest of all time. So it is only right that one of the best dunks ever was done in that contest. Dominique Wilkins introduced the world to the two-handed reverse dunk as he bounced the ball off the backboard and reversed it home with two hands. This slam allowed Wilkins to claim his first Slam Dunk title.
Julius Erving, 1976
Julius Erving delivered a number of amazing dunks throughout his career, but the jam he is most famous for is the foul-line dunk he completed in the 1976 ABA All-Star Dunking Contest. Wilt Chamberlain had done the dunk before, but it wasn't until Erving did it in front of a large crowd that the foul-line dunk became so popular.