The first official NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner was Larry Nance, who claimed the top prize at the 1984 All-Star Game. But the real start of the competition dates back to 1976 when, who else but, Julius Erving put on quite a show at the American Basketball Association's All-Star showdown. Since then, the dunk contest has provided some of the greatest highlight-reel specials in NBA history. Here are our 10 favorite slams over the years.
Jason Richardson (2004) According to Kenny Smith, "That was sick! He's sick! He's got the flu!"
Dominique Wilkins (1990) There's a reason he was called the Human Highlight Film.
Michael Jordan (1988) Your Airness emulates Dr. J.
Spud Webb (1986) This will give you chills.
Julius Erving (1976) This was where it all started.
Vince Carter (2000) All of his dunks were just mind-blowing -- the 360 windmill, behind the baseline, through the legs and "the elbow." Absolute Vinsanity.
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