Aaron Gordon got rocked.
We already know that.
Fifties eight total fifties In the history of the slam dunk contest, he went his 1st 4 death, his 1st 5 Doug's perfect fifties and the dude doesn't win it.
Vince Carter didn't even do what Aaron Gordon did on Saturday night.
So I guess, as a response to one of the better dunk contest we've ever seen, I put together my list of the top 10 slam dunk cut, slam dunk contest of all time.
And you know, here's the thing.
I am a big slam dunk contest, kind of sore, But recent years it's been pretty bad.
Besides 2016 in 2020 the 2000 ten's has been lackluster when it's come to the slam dunk contest we had John Wall Wall when? One year and then the rest of the years.
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Onto the less top 10 slam dunk contest of all time now honorable mentions I do have a couple in 1985 slam dunk contest that the reason why I didn't include this on the list? Because if I did, I'd probably have pretty much every slam dunk contest from the 19 eighties on here.
So 1985 was the first showdown between Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.
It was in Indianapolis and Dominique one that day.
He probably should have 1 1988 But that's a little teaser for later in the video.
Other ones that you know have have kind of been okay.
I like the one in Las Vegas 2007 Gerald Green.
Um, that was all right.
I thought that the one in 2004 when Fred Jones one.
I thought that was a little bit under the radar.
Little underrated 2006 was okay between Andre Iguodala.
That was the 1st 1 Nate Robinson one.
Nate Robinson is the only three time winner of the event, and you could make the argument that he shouldn't have won any of them.
So Aaron Gordon, not the only one who's been robbed in the history of the slam dunk contest.
All right, let's start at number 10.
I'm going to start with the original one.
The A be a slam dunk contest 1976.
So I guess technically, this isn't really the n b a slam dunk contest, but they did emerge.
So I included on the list.
Uh, this is obviously the one that Julius Erving one.
He took off from the foul line for the first time.
But it wasn't just that it, you know, it was the inception of a new idea that the slam dunk contest to bring it into the main street mint.
It was Julius Erving, Dr J and David Thompson.
They really stole the show here.
You know, you look back at this lamp cot dunk contest.
Sometimes you laugh at it because you like, you'll see, like artists Gilmore just kind of go down the lane and just do a simple, you know, dunk.
But some of these other ones, you kind of see the seeds and the foundation for dunk contest to come, especially with the stuff that Dr J and David Thompson we're doing.
So that's at number 10 1976 a be a slam dunk contest number nine.
I'm going to 2008.
What? Dwight Howard went Superman in New Orleans.
This is a dunk contest that also featured jail dream.
This is this is the one where he blew out the candle s o. He went on the ladder.
He put the cupcake on the rim and he blew.
Blew the cupcake out as he dumped the ball.
That was really memorable, but this was one by Dwight Howard when Superman went in the booth.
Obviously, if you remember, he kind of threw the ball in.
Now, To me, that dunk was a little bit overrated because, like, if he doesn't make like if he doesn't throw that ball in the hoop, if it if it bounces off like Ricochet sharply off the back of the rim, then we probably never even remember that duck, to be honest, cause he made on the first try and like he looked, they look like I was watching Space Jam.
Remember when? When m J took off from like, mid court and like, stretched his arm out and then finally just threw it in the hoop? That's exactly what it was.
Space Jam came to real life as Dwight Howard took off just inside the free throw line and threw the ball into the basket.
Number eight going old school.
1987 Slam dunk contest is the 1st 1 that Michael Jordan one, this was in Seattle.
Uh, it was him against Jerome Kersee in the finals.
This is Dominique Wilkins was not in this event.
So he was in 1985 and I, in 1956 was not in the 1987 a dunk testes just want by M.
He did the kiss.
He did the foul out donkey.
That a bunch of different things.
He beat your own Cursi in the end in the final.
So 1987 Number seven is the 1991 slam dunk contest.
This is the one that Dee Brown one he did The blindfold dunk will not will have Sadiq Ceballos.
But he did the one where he put his hand over his eyes.
He dunked it with the left hand s Oh, that was a showdown between he and and Shawn Kemp.
And you know the thing that was memorable about this slam dunk contest? We started seeing it a little bit in 1990 a little bit Maur creativity because, like the dunk contest in the eighties, you wouldn't see a lot of lobbying of the basketball.
Sometimes you would, you know, you get it from Spud Webb.
You saw Dominique do it 1988 where he bounces off the class.
But for the most part, we didn't see some of the creative stuff that we would see until, like 1990 1991.
You know, we did the between the legs from the foul line and bounced the ball off the backboard and dumped it in reverse.
Ah, that was done.
You had some creative stuff being done by by Rex Chapman.
If he flipped the ball behind his back and dunked it behind his head.
Eso Shawn Kemp did some stuff where he was flipping the ball between underneath his arm.
So 1991 was really the first dunk contest where we kind of saw some newer ideas being implemented, some some lobs and Cem Cem different sort of stuff that, uh, more movement with the basketball, whereas in the 19 eighties you would basically just take off the two feet And do you know whatever you wanted to do? A windmill or a reverse or whatever the case might be? 1991.
We started to see a little bit of a turn for the better in terms of creativity.
I got the 1986 slam dunk contest.
This is the one that Spud Webb one.
He beat Dominique Wilkins in the finally upset.
Dominique Wilkins, his teammate Dominique Wilkins.
Spud Webb did like, ah bunch of crazy stuff.
And considering the guy for fruit, his stature doing the stuff that he was doing bouncing the ball off the floor, going up and getting it, catching it in reverse.
Hey was unbelievable.
So he did a couple Heaphy bounce one off like he did it with one hand.
He bounced it off off the floor, hit the back of the backboard and then he dunked it with one hand.
Then he also did the, uh, he threw it.
He threw a lob to himself and he caught in reverse.
He was just doing so many extraordinary things for a guy his size and he beat Dominique.
So that's the 1986 Slam dunk contest Number five checking in at number 5 2003 2003.
That's the one Jason Richardson.
He won back to back showdown between he and Desmond Mason in the final.
This is probably the most underrated slim Don't contest of all time.
I don't know if this is gets the pub.
I put it at number five because this this is right In my childhood.
I love Jason Richardson.
When I was a kid s o, he was It was he against Desmond Mason Richardson.
What was doing? A lot of stuff with lobbying and doing some windmills.
He was doing reverse dunks.
Ah, and he also did the one.
If you remember the final dunker, he was the 1st 1 to do a between the legs.
Ah, he did it with one hand. He didn't do it too.
But the 1st 1 to really do that any any, lobbed it to himself.
He put it between his legs, Any dunked in reverse.
So he was the 1st 1 to really do that.
Desmond Mason did some cool stuff in the final.
I remember the one where he did the left handed between the legs dunk that was so **** impressive.
Desmond Mason was a consistent dunker.
He always put like 40 fives on the board.
But, ah, in the final, he busted this dunk out, and it was one of the better dunks I've ever seen in a dunk contest.
So, uh, that was I was a great one.
Jason Richardson won in 2002 and then again in 2003 in Atlanta.
That's where I'm going 2020 the one that we just saw Saturday night, the one that Aaron Gordon should have one if we're not picking here because here's the thing right.
Aaron Gordon was penalized for hitting Taco Fall, so we penalized Aaron Gordon for clipping Taco Fall.
But we didn't penalized Derrick Jones for not taking off from the foul line.
He was supposed to take off from the foul line.
He did a windmill and he didn't.
And then they tried to save face.
After the dunk contest, the judges kind of said that they were supposed supposed to be tied again.
We're gonna have to co champions.
There should have been a coach if you should've been Aaron Gordon should've won Aaron Gordon should have what get all fifties.
The final duck should have been a 52.
Okay, maybe not a clip that Mart 49.
But it's still better than than the Derrick Jones don't get.
He didn't take off from the foul line.
I'm deducting points, all right.
If you wanna be stiff on that last last dunk and you know you want to nitpick, then I'm nitpicking Derrick Jones, too.
And if you wantto evaluate the total performance, the entire body of work, Aaron Gordon was doing more things because he was cutting the ball doing the three sixties.
He was, ah, doing reverses.
He was doing between the legs.
Whereas Derrick Jones.
He was doing a lot of the same stuff.
He was just finding different ways to put the ball between his legs.
He did like four dunks where he put the ball between his legs and Aaron Gordon did a lot, much more likely, he did a lot more more stuff.
There was more variety in his dunks, more creativity.
And he's definitely the most unique dunk contest dunker I've ever seen.
So 2020 that checks in at number four, the one that we just saw on Saturday night.
I kept going back and forth.
I kept going back and forth.
I'm gonna make my argument for number two in a second because I'm sure a lot of people probably think this is gonna be number two.
But I'm going number three. I'm going to 1000.
2000 was the one that Vince Carter one that was the dunk contest.
That Vince Carter literally brought it back because in 1998 they didn't have it.
The dunk contest got so bad that they got rid of it.
Eso 95 Harold Miner 1 1995 was probably the worst dunk contest of all time.
Something like that.
Oh, man, you had so many guys that couldn't even put the ball in the net.
You couldn't even get a dump through.
You had Brent Barry and the 97.
That was the one that Kobe Bryant one so 98.
They did something called out.
They introduced a new concept called to ball.
They brought that in and then they did the three point shoot out and then they eliminated the dunk contest.
1999 was obviously the shock.
Easy for me to say.
Uh, what was it? The lockout season, man Blank.
There s So that was the shortened lockout season.
That's what I was trying to get out there.
And no down contest then.
So 2000 Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis and Vince Carter on the finals on then even even in the you know, the first round, Uh, other guys were doing some some solid stuff, but Ricky Davis, Jerry Stackhouse and Larry Hughes is also in that one.
Larry uses the only one who group I don't I don't know if he put a dunk down, but Vince Carter, I should have had four fifties.
Didn't get a 50 on the 2nd 1 s o If you remember.
He did the 360 uh, reverse.
He's a 360 reverse windmill.
Ah, he did the sideline windmill are the baseline windmill like the 1 80 windmill.
Hey, put his arm in the rim.
And then he took off from the foul line with two hands, so that was too close the dunk contest.
But it wasn't just him.
I mean, Tracy McGrady was putting stuff down.
Steve Francis was putting some stuff down, and that was a great dunk contest.
But the reason why I'm going with 2016 and number at number two is that that particular dunk contest? Maybe.
Ooh and ah, more than anyone I've ever seen more than anyone I've ever seen.
What Zach Levine and Aaron Gordon were doing was absolutely unbelievable.
Like you had three of the top five dunks of all time in that contest, if not top five top 10 the one where you had the mascot spinning around and Aaron Gordon did the cup 360.
You had the one where he caught it off the mascots heading, and he put the ball between his legs underneath his legs.
And then you had obviously Zach Lavine take off from the foul line and do between the legs dumped to close it out to win his second straight slam dunk contest championship.
So he won in 2015.
He defended its title in 2016 in Toronto, and, uh, thes dunks were just ridiculous.
I'm trying remember it, the stuff that Zach Levine did, because because I'm mixing 2015 and 2016.
I'm trying to remember which one is he did, But I'm Eric hasn't 16.
He definitely did the one from the free throw line where he went between the legs.
So that's number two.
Number one, obviously is 1988.
That's gonna be number one.
Probably forever for all time.
Because of who was in the contest.
Dominique and Michael Jordan.
Um, this was a showdown for the ages.
The things that they were doing at the time were revolutionary.
I mean, dominate the windmill.
He nobody can do a windmill the way Dominique Wilkins conduce a windmill, the way he brings it all the way down.
I mean, he gets like, six scoops, ice cream on that window all the way down, and then all the way around, nobody can windmill like him.
And you could make the argument that nobody could take off from the foul line like M.
J because he would take off the foul line.
He would like double clock and do all these different things.
He spread his legs out.
You had those two in the final on epic final, but it wasn't just attitude I remember Otis Smith was doing some really good stuff.
Actually, Not that I remember because I was only one year old at the time.
But I've seen the gun don't contest so many times.
They always show that all of them on the, uh, MBA TV during the summer.
Or like, they had him all, I think, even a couple of days ago.
So you could you can wash all that Don't contest if you want.
If you know, you ever wanted just like DVR over, um, having on your DVR.
Just watch them all and be a TV.
Does that sometimes, but 1988.
Otis Smith was doing some stuff, was throwing the ball off the backboard.
Yet Clyde Drexler and that dunk contest is Well, Jerome Kersee was in there.
It was loaded. Spud Webb.
I mean, probably the greatest contestants, participants and also the best dunk contest of all time.
The best final, the best everything.
It was unbelievable.
Even even watching it when I was, like, 12 13 years old.
And even though I saw, like Vince Carter, do some of the things that he did, it was still kind of revolutionary.
Still watching as 12 years later, after the fact, when I remember when I watched it for the first time, I've probably seen that dunk contest more than anyone I've ever seen.
Those to, um, you know, will stand the test of time and 2016 was just wow, unbelievable.
I people would probably disagree that that's number two, but I just remember just who in all ing? Because you got to remember here like we've had so many Don contests and I am a dunk contest kind of sore.
So I have seen everything and anything that there is to offer.
The 2000 ten's has sucked as a dunk contest.
There's been not really many good ones besides the one we saw Saturday in 2016 and the stuff that I saw in 2016 was stuff that I really haven't seen before, at least not in the dunk contest.
Um, you know, I've seen some stuff, you know, that they have, like, uh, God, what was What was that? What's the name of that dunk contest they have on TNT? It's like Dunk City or something.
Like I've seen them do some crazy stuff.
But the stuff I saw 2016 was out of this world.
So there you go.
There's my top 10 lists.
The top 10 dunk contests of all time.
Um, what you guys think of the list? Let me know Below in the comments section.
So there you have it.
Those are my top 10.
What are yours? I'm Adrienne.
Thank you. Im out piece.