Creating the Ultimate NBA Dunk Contest With Legends
Creating the Greatest Dunk Contest of All Time
The NBA Dunk Contest is upon us once again. After several forgettable contests over the last few years, the NBA decided to make some changes in 2014. Not only did the league spice things up by adding higher profile players to the competition, rule changes were also made.
The 2014 installment of the dunk contest will start a new chapter. Fans will just have to hope that it's a good chapter.
Like most people, I was in favor of adding stars to the contest. After all, we're talking about an event that takes place on 'All Star' weekend. The dunk contest without stars just wasn't as exciting. People want to see their favorite players throwing down, not guys who made made their reputation on YouTube. Tremendous dunks are one thing when an average player throws down, they're a whole different deal when a star throws down. It's not fair, but that's just the way it is.
On top of the added star power, the league also completely changed the format to this year's contest. It will now be team competition, with one player receiving the 'dunker of the night' award at the event's conclusion. Personally, I hate team concepts in competitions that are designed to be for individuals. Hopefully the stars will still shine through and we're all left talking about one dunker at the end of the night.
But one guy we won't be seeing (yet again) is Lebron James. The BITW is still refusing to enter the dunk contest, yet he still feels the need to show off his skills in practice videos where he dunks all over the gym. James has also got people talking because he recently named his basketball Mt. Rushmore. This got me thinking, what would a fantasy dunk competition look like? Who would be in the greatest dunk contest of all time? Looking at all the great dunk contest performances and in-game dunkers of all time, this is the list I came up with:
Contestant #1 - Dominique Wilkins
There's no question that the 'Human Highlight Film' deserves a place in the ultimate dunk contest. He's considered one of the best competition and in-game dunkers ever. He's also one of just five players to win the competition multiple times.
Contestant #2 - Blake Griffin
Griffin won the dunk contest back in 2011 when he jumped over a car. Personally, I think that competition just gave us a glimpse of what Griffin is capable of. He's arguably the best dunker of his generation and he could hold his own in the ultimate competition.
Contestant #3 - LeBron James
LeBron won't enter the dunk contest in real life, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be in the greatest competition of all time. It's a safe bet that if he wanted to participate, that he could win. Who wouldn't want to see what he would do against the all time greats?
Contestant #4 - Vince Carter
Carter put on the best performance in dunk contest history back in 2000. He wowed fans across the country with his amazing throwdowns and you can argue that he's the greatest participant in the event's history.
Contestant #5 - Julius Erving
Dr. J won the first ever dunk contest back in 1976. The event was created by the ABA and Erving put it on the map. Without him, it's possible that we wouldn't even have the dunk contest all these years later.
Contestant #6 - Michael Jordan
Of course, you can't have the ultimate dunk contest without Michael Jordan. He won back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988, and those performances no doubt put him on the map. To this day, people still associate the act of dunking with Michael Jordan.
So who would come out on top in the ultimate NBA Dunk Contest? My money would be on Vince Carter. If you go back and watch all the big time performances in the event's history, his is still the best. 14 years later his dunks are still amazing and there's something to be said for that. But could any of these guys win on any given night? Absolutely.
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