The 10 Best Dunks in the History of the Slam Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during the game against the Miami Heat | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

One of the most exciting parts of NBA All-Star Weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. This contest has it all: inventiveness, competition, and pure athleticism. The players who participate in this event are there for one reason, and that’s to put on a show.  And, while having fun watching the best of their best ply their trade against each other is the major reason why anyone watches professional sports, there’s something singularly special about the slam dunk, and by extension, the slam dunk contest.

For us, these are 10 best dunks in the history of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

10. Spud Webb soars off one bounce


Under today’s standards, maybe this dunk wouldn’t bring down the house. However, you have to think about the moment. It’s 1986, and 5-foot-7 Spud Webb is not only putting on a show, but he’s challenging his teammate and defending champ Dominique Wilkins, one of the most dynamic dunkers of all time. Spud is throwing down impressive stuff. However, this final number won him the title.

The “little man” bounces the rock, flies into the air (high into the air), grabs the ball, and flushes a nasty reverse slam. Everyone in the place erupts. That’s how you do it.