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| February 15, 2014

2014 NBA All-Star WeekendHarrison Barnes and his teammates Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore for the West failed to capture the imaginations of the judges in Saturday night's slam dunk contest. Team East, led by Paul George (Indiana), Terrence Ross (Toronto), John Wall (Washington) obtained a clean sweep in the battle round. -- CSN Bay Area

A change in the format to the dunk contest left observers feeling unsatisfied Saturday night. In the traditional layout, participants would throw down their best dunks in timed rounds with a panel of judges determining who would advance until a winner was decided. The new format featured participants working as a team – three from the Eastern Conference facing three from the Western Conference – in a two-round battle. The "Freestyle Round" kicked off the event, with each team getting 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as possible and the panel of judges voting East or West. The winning conference would then pick which would dunk first in the "Battle Round." The "Battle Round" featured head-to-head matchups with one player from the East and one from the West, with the judges again picking a winning side. The first conference to win three battles would win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest. -- Oregonian

2014 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST INTRO

NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk contest, taking place during All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster.

This marks the first time in 26 years that three All-Stars are competing in the Slam Dunk contest. In the 1988 competition in Chicago, All-Stars Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, and Dominique Wilkins squared off, with Jordan claiming the crown in front of the hometown fans.

This year’s event will feature the participants competing as a team – three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference – in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event’s history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting “East” or “West.” The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round.

All-Star Saturday Night will be exclusively televised on TNT. The event also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio and will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 47 languages.

For the second consecutive year, the Eastern and Western conferences will compete during All-Star Saturday Night in an evening of challenges that will raise money for charity. NBA Cares and will make a joint donation of $500,000 as part of the event, with $100,000 awarded to each event’s winning conference’s charities and $25,000 going to the charities of the runner-up for each event. The Eastern Conference will be playing for the American Heart Association and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF while the Western Conference will compete for Teach for America and Wounded Warrior Project®. All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and George, winner of the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, will serve as captains of the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. The charities were selected by George and Curry, the NBA, and State Farm.

“It’s a real honor to serve as the Captain of the Eastern Conference Team for All-Star Saturday Night,” George said. “This is a great opportunity to support and raise awareness of very worthy charities while entertaining our fans with contests showcasing the athleticism, creativity and excitement of our game. I’m particularly pumped to be in the Slam Dunk Contest as the new format provides players with the chance to display our individual skills while battling for conference bragging rights.”

The Battle Round will feature head-to-head matchups pitting East dunkers vs. West dunkers, with the judges choosing a winner for each battle. Upon losing a head-to-head battle, that dunker is then eliminated from the competition. The first team to win three battles will win the competition and be crowned 2014 Slam Dunk champions.

After the competition, fans will also have the opportunity to vote for the player of their choice as “Dunker of the Night” through SMS, Twitter, NBA.com and the NBA GameTime app.

Lillard, the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, also is participating in the Skills Challenge and Three Point Contest, becoming the first player to appear in three events during All-Star Saturday Night. He is additionally participating in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge to be played Feb. 14, and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16. Barnes and Ross also are both participating in the Rising Stars Challenge.

"I'm excited to represent the Trail Blazers in the Rising Stars Challenge and my first NBA All-Star Game," said Lillard. "It's also an honor to be the first player to participate in three events at All-Star Saturday Night."

2014 SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS

EASTERN CONERENCE SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS
Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers G/F 6-8 210
Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors G 6-6 195
John Wall, Washington Wizards G 6-4 195

WESTERN CONERENCE SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS
Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors F 6-8 210
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers G 6-3 195
Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings G 6-5 195



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2013 NBA All-Star WeekendTerrence Ross had to settle his nerves at the start of the All-Star dunk contest. By the end, he was calming down a ball boy he needed as a prop for his winning slam.

The 6-foot-6 Toronto rookie leapfrogged Michael Costolo, the son of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, whipped the ball between his legs and hammered home a one-handed dunk to beat defending champion Jeremy Evans in the climax to All-Star Saturday.

''I told him the day before that I was going to jump over him, but I never told him I was going to go through the legs,'' Ross said. ''He was kind of nervous. When I first grabbed him, he said, 'You're not going to hit me, right?' I said, 'No, I'm not going to hit you.'''

Ross seemed to be unsure of himself in the beginning, botching his first three dunk attempts in the first round. The crowd exploded when he finally pulled it off - flicking the ball behind his back on the way up and hammering home a one-handed dunk.

He earned a perfect 50 and immediately relaxed.

-- Associated Press

In defense of his title, Evans used a pair of impressive dunks to advance to the championship round against Ross. First, he pulled off a dunk over a seated Mark Eaton — albeit after several missed attempts — and then pulled off a simultaneous dunk using two balls — a trick he used to win in 2012 — to finish with an aggregate score of 90, pitting himself against Ross in the final. Evans went first in the championship round and dunked over a covered easel. After making the attempt, he walked over and removed the black cover, revealing a picture of himself dunking, which he signed with a Sharpie. Evans later threw down his second and final dunk authoritatively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Ross, who paid homage to former Raptor high-flying slammer Vince Carter with one of his championship-round dunks. -- Deseret News

Terrence Ross, the Toronto Raptors’ rookie, slipped on a Carter jersey and then performed one of Carter’s dunks spectacularly. With a memorable championship round performance, Ross flew over a small child and the impressive slams of defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the dunk contest Saturday at Toyota Center, receiving 58 percent of the vote. “I feel blessed, but it’s still overwhelming,” Ross said. “I’m just trying to soak it all in. “It was my favorite event to watch every year since I was a small child. But actually winning it, I never thought I’d do it. It’s been unbelievable. I’ve had fun. I’m just enjoying everything.” -- Houston Chronicle Blog

Ross’s exuberance came through on the floor as he paid tribute to Carter and teammate DeMar DeRozan and some of their top dunks before scoring 99 points with his first two dunks, taking one behind his back and another to a spinning, one-handed slam. After a rocky first few rounds marked by several dunks that proved as impossible as they seemed, the championship round took off. -- Houston Chronicle Blog

Ross scored a perfect 50 on his first dunk of the contest, completing a behind-the-back reverse after missing five times. He played it safe with his second, a 360 spin after a bounce off the court, then persevered as Knicks forward James "Flight" White and Houston product Gerald Green of the Pacers stunned and sputtered. Green scored a 50 on his first dunk, a similar routine as Ross' penultimate effort, but failed to complete a double dunk on his second attempt. White also failed to complete his second dunk, yielding a spot in the final to Ross. Once there, Ross captivated the crowd like a veteran. -- Sports Xchange

For the second consecutive year, Jazz forward Jeremy Evans soared in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. This time, though, the guy nicknamed the "Human Pogo Stick" didn’t walk away with the championship. With 58 percent of the fan vote, Toronto guard Terrence Ross beat Evans in the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest in Houston Saturday night. Evans won last year’s slam dunk contest in Orlando. -- Deseret News

INTRO TO 2013 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST

The 2013 NBA Slam Dunk contest will feature six dunkers competing in a two-round competition as part of All-Star Saturday Night. The new format will pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in an exciting night of competition that will also raise money for charity.

The Western Conference will be represented by the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz along with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe and Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried. The Eastern Conference lineup will include the Indiana Pacers’ Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross and New York Knicks’ James White.

The 2013 NBA Slam Dunk contest will consist of the three Eastern Conference players competing against the three from the Western Conference in a two-round competition. The highest scoring East competitor and the highest scoring West competitor from the Team Round will compete head-to-head to determine the champion. Fan voting will open at the beginning of the Championship Round and the player with the highest percentage of combined votes from all platforms will be champion.

Evans won the 2012 Slam Dunk contest, defeating Houston’s Chase Budinger and Indiana’s Paul George in a tight race that included over 4 million fan votes to decide the champion.

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2012 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST

The AP reports: His nickname is the Human Pogo Stick and Utah’s Jeremy Evans set out to put some bounce back into the Slam Dunk Contest. Evans endeared himself to the fans with a mix of props and creativity, and they voted him the winner of one of the marquee events of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday festivities. Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of the 3 million votes cast. He beat out Houston’s Chase Budinger, Indiana’s Paul George and Minnesota’s Derrick Williams for the Jazz’s first-ever trophy in the contest. In a departure from past dunk competitions, fans were given complete voting power and cast their ballots by text message after each of the four participants competed in three one-dunk rounds. Evans dunked with a camera on his head, slammed two basketballs while jumping over a seated assistant and donned a Karl Malone jersey to dunk over mailman-dressed comedian Kevin Hart.

LIVE SLAM DUNK CONTEST NOTES:

The first dunk of the night featured Chase Budinger pulling P.Diddy onto the court and jumping over him while Diddy threw the basketball up into the air. Budinger successfully threw it down. Pretty sweet.

Jeremy Evans went next and put down a pretty unimpressive dunk that mostly featured him hanging and twisting on the rim a lot. Fun idea, but not too impressive.

Up third was Paul George, who after a few attempts jumped over Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones. George did use his left hand to push off Hibbert a bit during the leap, but it was still impressive.

And going last in the first set of dunks was Derrick Williams, who waited for a motorcycle to be parked on the court, a bit closer to the basket than the dotted circle. He threw down a nice windmill.

That was round 1. More coming. Reload shortly.

Budinger went first in round 2, and missed his first dunk, but hit his second. He went right down the middle, held the ball with two hands, and windmilled it from the dotted circle. It was very solid, but not too spectacular.

Up second in round 2 is Evans. For this, Gordon Hayward was sitting on a chair in the paint and threw two basketballs straight up in the air. And Evans caught and slammed them. Awesome dunk and my favorite of the day so far, by far.

Third was P-George, who dunked with the lights turned out in the arena while he wore glow-in-the-dark outlines on his uniform. He tossed down a pretty 360. Pretty great, and the gimmick was fun.

Derrick Williams is up, assisted by Ricky Rubio. They stood near each other in the right corner, and both ran at the basket at the same time along the sideline. Rubio then passed the ball off the right side of the backboard. Running behind him, Williams caught the ball as he had spun about 180 degrees, continued the spin and threw it down. Terrific dunk.

Dunks 2, 3 and 4 in the second round were pretty awesome. Jeremy Evans was weak in the first round, but his second round dunk of two basketballs over a sitting Hayward was the nicest throw-down of the day so far.

And now, round 3:
In the first dunk of round 3, Budinger began by bringing out Cedric Ceballos, who way back in the old days threw down an allegedly blindfolded dunk. Ceballos is just an observer, though. It's Budinger on his own, running down the middle. HE missed the first attempt, but nailed the second, and it was pretty impressive. THe actual dunk was a relatively easy two-handed reverse. Still, a good showing.

And now, Jeremy Evans. Before he bagan his dunk, comedian Kevin Hart came out pretending to be a mailman, and delivered a Karl Malone jersey to Evans, who put it on. Kevin Hart then stood in the paint. Evans then jumped over him, dunked with his right hand while putting his left hand on the back of his head.

Next was Paul George, who after a series of misses actually threw down a very difficult dunk where he jumped, tapped the right side of the glass with his left hand while spinning and then dunking from the left side of the glass. Harder to pull off than it looked.

And now Derrick Williams, after a few misses, called Rubio back out onto the floor. Rubio passed the ball off the right side of the glass while Williams ran straight down the middle of the paint and trying to catch in mid-air and put it through legs. But he kept missing over and over, and started to look tired. He then waved Rubio off, and kept trying, but missed over and over as time almost ran out, until finally with mere seconds left on the clock he simply bounced it off the glass and tossed it down with two hands.

And now, the world is voting, via text message, tweets and other such stuff.

After over 3 million fan votes, the winner is... Jeremy Evans! Congrats to the young member of the Utah Jazz.

Video highlights coming later tonight.

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest Preview

The 2012 Slam Dunk in Orlando will feature a series of firsts, including four first-time participants, a new single-round format in which the winner will be chosen solely by fan vote, and the introduction of fan voting via Twitter.

The four players who will vie for the Slam Dunk championship on Feb. 25, at Amway Center in Orlando (TNT, 8 p.m. ET) include the Houston Rockets’ Chase Budinger, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams.

Originally scheduled to dunk was New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, but a sore knee caused him to have to skip the contest. On February 22 it was announced that Jeremy Evans would replace him.

Fan discussion of the 2012 Slam Dunk contest is in this basketball forum topic.

Highlights of the participants in this year’s Slam Dunk may be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Paul George highlights. Derrick Williams: highlights. Chase Budinger: highlights.

A new format will be implemented for the 2012 competition. The contest will consist of only one round and each competitor will execute three dunks. Fan voting will open after all four players have completed their first dunk. Previously, the Slam Dunk contest consisted of two rounds, with the first round scored by a panel of judges which determined two finalists.

Beginning this year, only fan voting will be utilized in determining the winner and voting also will expand to social media. For the first time ever, fans will be able to cast votes on Twitter by posting a corresponding letter assigned to each dunker along with the hashtag #SpriteSlam. Since 2008, fans have determined the winner of the Slam Dunk through SMS TXT and voting on NBA.com as part of the “They Dunk. You Decide” campaign.

Check out fan discussion of this year's dunk contest in this basketball forum topic.

NBA SLAM DUNK YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS

1984—Larry Nance, Phoenix
1985—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1986—Spud Webb, Atlanta
1987—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989—Kenny Walker, New York
1990—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1991—Dee Brown, Boston
1992—Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix
1993—Harold Miner, Miami
1994—Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1995—Harold Miner, Miami
1996—Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers
1997—Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
2000—Vince Carter, Toronto
2001—Desmond Mason, Seattle
2002—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2003—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2004—Fred Jones, Indiana
2005—Josh Smith, Atlanta
2006—Nate Robinson, New York
2007—Gerald Green, Boston
2008—Dwight Howard, Orlando
2009—Nate Robinson, New York
2010—Nate Robinson, New York
2011—Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers

InsideHoops.com will provide full previews, live coverage and recaps of the dunk contest.






2011 NBA All-Star WeekendThere will be a new NBA Slam Dunk champion crowned on Feb. 19, at STAPLES Center (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in Los Angeles as four first-time contestants vie for the title: the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Washington Wizards’ JaVale McGee.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings was originally named to participate in the contest but withdrew due to injury. DeRozan was his replacement.

Griffin emerged as the new NBA dunk champions, beating McGree in the finals. Here's how it went down:

2011 LIVE NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST BLOG

The NBA Slam Dunk contest judges include Clyde Drexler, James Worthy, Brent Barry, Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving.

DeMar DeRozan went first, with what was introduced as the East Bay Funk Remix. He missed multiple attempts, quickly sapping energy from the crowd, but when it finally went down it was plain nasty. He ran from the left baseline, caught a pass off the left side of the backboard and put it through his legs, getting a score of 44 from the judges.

Up second is Serge Ibaka. "Where is Serge Ibaka?" asked the announcer. After about 15 seconds, Ibaka emerged from a far corner of the court, with a small parade of flag-holding girls by his side. Ibaka went way into the backcourt to start his dunk, came down the middle without dribbling, and soared from the free throw line to put it down! The finish wasn't picture-perfect, however, so judges gave him a 45.

JaVale McGee went third and before his dunk sat patiently waiting a second full basket was brought out next to the regular one players are dunking on. And after multiple misses, he finally put it down, and it was awesome. He tossed one ball of the backboard while palming the other ball and did something I've never seen before. Judges were impressed too and gave him a perfect 50.

Up last is hometown favorite, Clippers star Blake Griffin. And as InsideHoops.com reported earlier in the day. Griffin started way up top and missed, but then connected on a great dunk where he went up with one hand, spun, pulled a complete 360 and threw it down with two hands, drawing a score of 49 from the judges.

End of first round: McGee 50, Griffin 49, Ibaka 45 and DeRozan 44.

NBA Slam Dunk Contest Second Round:

DeRozan's second dunk, which he called "The Showstopper," was absolutely nasty and drew a perfect 50. He lobbed it up from the right side, caught it off hte bounce, cuffed it with one hand and pulled it under for a beautiful, one-handed reverse jam. That gives DeRozan a total of 94 after two dunks.

For his second dunk, Ibaka was up, and a little actor kid said on the mic that his toy was stuck up on the front of the rim. Sure enough, a stuffed animal had been attached. But after the first miss, the man responsible for having the toy in place had trouble attaching it for a second attempt, so the dunk clock paused at 1:02. This time, Ibaka from out of bounds from the left side, jumped up, grabbed the toy with his mouth by biting it in mid-air, and then tossed down a nice one-handed cram. Judges gave him a 45, giving him a two-round total of 90.

Up third in the second round was Griffin, assisted by Baron Davis. Standing out of bounds, Griffin tried a reverse-spin dunk that seemed impossible to me. And sure enough, he missed two attempts, then changed things up and kept missing. A lot. But with the clock down to 30 seconds, Griffin caught a pass off the right side of th ebackboard with two hands, windmilled it and threw it down hard with one hand. Pretty awesome finish which got a 46 from judges, giving Griffin 95 points after two rounds.

McGee is up, and announced on the mic that he's dunked one ball, and two balls, so now it's time for three balls. Emerging from the crowd is McGee's mom, a former baller herself. For reasons that cannot be explained, she went and, one by one, gave each judge two kisses. Alrighty then! Anyway, McGee missed his initial attempts, which featured him running from the left corner holding two basketballs, trying to dunk them both while a third ball was lobbed up from the dotted circle. And finally he completed it, and I have to say I'd give McGee a 10 for originality. The judges agreed, giving McGee a 49 on his second dunk. The 2011 NBA Slam Dunk contest finalists are Griffin and McGee.

For his first dunk in the final round, Griffin threw the basketball of fthe backboard, came down the middle, dunked hard with his right hand and jumped so high he was able to stuff his arm into the rim and hang by his elbow! No score was issued yet because fans can text their own scores in, and their vote counts in with what the actual dunk contest judges decide.

McGee is up, starting from the left corner, misses, does it again, comes from underneath the rim with his head under and slightly behind the back of the backboard, cuffs it and puts it in. Extremely hot dunk.

And now, Griffin is up, trying to dunk over a car that has been placed in front of the rim. With his head sticking out of the sunroof is teammate Baron Davis, while a choir from Crensaw, decked in Lakers purple and gold, sang at halffcourt. Griffin completed the dunk, but here's the problem: The car was very close to the rim, and Griffin appeared to jump from around the dotted circle, which isn't that spectacular. Still, it was sweet.

For his second dunk of the round and final attempt of the evening, McGree missed his first attempt, changed it up and missed again, then threw it off the backboard, ran down from the left elbow, caught it with one hand and threw down a pretty basic dunk that was not one of the evening's better stuffs.

The second McGree finished and the dunk contest ended, lots of fans here in Staples Center flocked to the exits, without waiting for the upcoming announcement as to who won this thing.

And with 68 percent of the fans vote from around the world, Blake Griffin wins the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk contest!

Player quotes and more coming later or tomorrow.


NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST PREVIEW

Griffin will match up with TNT analyst and two-time NBA Slam Dunk contest participant (1990, 1991) Kenny Smith; Jennings will practice with NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins; McGee will work with NBA TV/TNT analyst and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber; and Ibaka will prepare with Thunder teammate and 2009-10 NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant. Each episode also will feature a "dunk selection ceremony" where the participants will choose which slam dunks they want to keep and which they decide to send to "the bench."

Fans will again have the opportunity to determine the winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest as part of the “They Dunk. You Decide” campaign, which debuted as part of the event in 2008.

The two dunkers with the highest first round scores will advance to the final round. The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks then will alternate until each player has completed two. Time limit rules still apply. In the final round, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com. The combined results from SMS TXT voting and NBA.com will determine the champion.

2011 NBA SLAM DUNK COMPETITORS

Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers F 6-10, 251
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder G 6-10, 235
JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards G 7-0, 252
* DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors G 6-7, 220

* Brandon Jennings was an original slam dunk participant but is injured. DeRozan was chosen to replace him.

PAST NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST WINNERS HISTORY

1984—Larry Nance, Phoenix
1985—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1986—Spud Webb, Atlanta
1987—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989—Kenny Walker, New York
1990—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1991—Dee Brown, Boston
1992—Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix
1993—Harold Miner, Miami
1994—Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1995—Harold Miner, Miami
1996—Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers
1997—Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
2000—Vince Carter, Toronto
2001—Desmond Mason, Seattle
2002—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2003—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2004—Fred Jones, Indiana
2005—Josh Smith, Atlanta
2006—Nate Robinson, New York
2007—Gerald Green, Boston
2008—Dwight Howard, Orlando
2009—Nate Robinson, New York
2010—Nate Robinson, New York





2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
February 13, 2010

2010 NBA All-Star WeekendThe AP reports: Nate Robinson is the NBA’s first three-time slam dunk champion, and that’s enough for him. The 5-foot-9 New York Knicks guard says he’s done with the marquee event of Saturday night’s All-Star festivities. “No, no, no, no, no. I don’t think I can bear that anymore. I’m just happy with this third one,” he said. “This is the last one.” Robinson barely won another title, garnering 51 percent of the fan vote to hold off Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan in a largely forgettable dunk contest. DeRozan advanced to the final round after getting a perfect score of 50 on his second dunk of the first round.

The AP reports: DeRozan’s perfect score came after he caught a pass off the side of the backboard and slammed it with his right hand on the other side of the hoop. DeRozan got a spot in the competition by winning the first-ever All-Star Slam Dunk-In, beating Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon at halftime of the rookie challenge on Friday night.

NATE ROBINSON INTERVIEW AFTER WINNING 2010 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST

Question: Are you going to go for four slam dunk championships?

nba slam dunk contest Nate Robinson: No, no, no, no, no. I don't think I can bear that anymore. I'm just happy with this third one, man, you know, I thank God for it, continue to just try to take things to the next level.

Question: You mentioned your mom when you were being interviewed on TV. Can you elaborate -- is everything okay?

Nate Robinson: She's fine. She's just been a little sick. She's been throwing up a lot. The hospital is giving her an IV everything and to make sure she's okay. She was supposed to come in, but I know my mom is real strong. She said she won't be able to make it but again she told me to just go out there and be me, and I did that for her.

Question: What did you like best about your performance tonight? It was a little different than past years.

Nate Robinson: The best thing, I brought them with me right here, the Dallas cheerleaders, of course. I asked them if they can help me out with a dunk and everything and they did their job and I did mine.

Question: I wonder what you thought of DeRozan's dunks tonight, including him getting a 50 in the first round.

Nate Robinson: A young fella, he can jump, he has a lot of creativity with his dunks. Downstairs he was practicing some different dunks I thought he was going to do but I guess they was just for warmups. Don't be surprised if you see him next year. Hopefully I can give my brother, Terrence Williams, I've known him for a long time, if he were him in the dunk context, I know he probably would have won this one. He's at home probably wondering, "Why they didn't let me be in it." You're going to see a lot more of that kid.

Question: When it came down to that last dunk, were you getting a little nervous due to that dunk that Rosen did? And what did you do to create that dunk? Did you have this preplanned?

Nate Robinson: I knew that the last thing I did was going to be the final dunk for me. I was just waiting, waiting to see -- like before his first dunk, when he jumped over his teammate. I was like, all right, because I was trying to do the dunk between the legs underneath the basket. I couldn't get it, so I just get a dunk to get some points. And I knew my last dunk was going to be difficult to beat. And then you know, he jumped I think from the dotted line or the windmill, he tried the first time, I don't know what he did, I missed it. But he missed the dunk, thank God, and the last dunk, you know, and the fans voted. They voted for me I guess.

Question: Was this contest for you as exciting as the previous ones in terms of the competition and level of dunks?

Nate Robinson: I mean, all of them were. All of them were. That's the beauty about the NBA, you know, you have different kind of athletes, you have different kind of players and you have different kind of dunkers. So again, you've got to be on your A Game and you've got to step to the plate, you know, ready to hit a home run, and that's what I tried to do tonight.

Question: Most guys do this once, maybe two years. Can you talk about the difficulty of trying to be creative and coming up with new dunks this third time?

Nate Robinson: You know you just have to try to figure out a dunk that nobody's tried, or kind of like a tribute dunk, I guess, or you know, a copycat dunk, you could say. But myself, I just think, you know, different kids, I see if can get people's attention, and that's what you've got to try to do.

Question: When did you come up with the idea to bring the cowboy cheerleaders in?

Nate Robinson: We were in Dallas, so right when they said I was in it, I was like, I've got to be creative, I've got to think of something fast, and I was like, well, I'm a football guy, I watch a lot of football. So I see them all the time, especially on that big JumboTron, can't miss them. I was like, why not, we're in Dallas and just play homage to them. They do a phenomenal job. And I'm a football guy, so I love football.

Question: When will you start preparing for your next title?

Nate Robinson: No more titles. No more. Finished. It's the last one.

Question: You mentioned the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Was there ever a serious thought to using one of them as a prop, more integrated than what you did out there?

Nate Robinson: No, that was the main thing just to have them out there. I mean, they are pretty much, you know, the face of the Cowboys, always there, there's about a hundred of them, and so you know, they picked the best four and you know, they was just -- have them come out and prepare them for the fans and everything for Sunday's game. I thought that was the main thing.


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PREVIEW OF 2010 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST

The 2010 NBA Slam Dunk contest features defending champion Nate Robinson (New York Knicks) against Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats), Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers) and either DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) or Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers).

In a new event this year, the NBA has decided that there will be a "dunk-off" event during halftime of Friday's Rookie Challenge game, featuring DeRozan vs. Gordon. The winner of it will be the 4th dunker participating in the main NBA Slam Dunk contest Saturday night.

InsideHoops.com predicts that DeRozan, a recognized, high-flying, super-leaper, will beat Gordon, a sturdy guard not known for his dunking, on Friday and be the 4th dunker for Saturday's event.

We're also leaning towards DeRozan possibly winning the entire NBA Slam Dunk contest, but the favorite is Robinson, who has alraedy won it twice.


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2009 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST
February 14, 2009

New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson, standing a mere 5-9, beat Dwight Howard to win the 2009 NBA Slam Dunk contest championship. It's the second time Robinson has won the NBA dunk competition.

Below are raw, totally unedited NBA slam dunk contest notes taken live as the action happened.

The 2009 NBA slam dunk competition judges: Tom Chambers, Dan Majerle, Kevin Johnson, Cedric Ceballos and Larry Nance.

JR Smith went first and started very nicely, from near halfcourt on the left side, threw the ball up high, and let it bounce twice, charging at the rim to catch and windmill it home. Extremely nice start. The judges gave him a 43 out of 50.

Rudy Fernandez went second. He took off his outer jersey to reveal a Fernando Martin jersey, who was the first Spanish player to play in the NBA. Fernandez drove from the left side, threw a behind-the-back pass off the backboard, jumped high and threw it down nicely with one hand. Judges awarded him a 42.

Former slam dunk contest champion Nate Robinson went third. He started from the left elbow in three-point range, tossed the ball in the air and let it bounce, didn't like it and did it again, launched himself sky-high, caught the ball with two hands, then windmilled it home with the right hand, looking oh-so-pretty for a score of 46.

Current champion Dwight Howard goes last. he started from out of bounds halfdown down the left baseline, tossed the ball high a few times, liked one and missed, but kept going, ran in, twisted as he jumped, caught the ball with his left hand and threw it down with the right from the right side of the basket. It was an extremely good dunk, but not absolutely amazing. Judges gave him a perfect 50.

The official opinion of InsideHoops.com is, the judges have pushed the points up by a point or so too many. Howard probably deserved a 48. Everyone else probably deserved a point or two less than they got. And Fernandez's first dunk deserved no more than a 40.

As long as the judges stay consistent, it's OK, though the only problem they could run into is the 50-point ceiling. We'll see.

So far this is a fun dunk contest!

Second dunk, round one:

Fernandez went first for the second dunk, and he's being helped by fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol is standing under the basket support, and he's throwing a very complicated behind-the-back pass that is designed to bounce gently off the bottom of the backboard. It isn't working well, and after a few attempts he changes the pass, now bouncing it off the lower back of the backboard. Fernandez is coming in down the left baseline, trying to catch it from behind the basket, bring it down under the backboard to slam it in. The problem is, Rudy doesn't have those kind of crazy hops, so it isn't working, and after multiple failed attempts the time-limit expired.

But, Rudy gets one more chance, and they tried almost the same thing. This time, Gasol bounced it off the back of the right side of the backboard, and Fernandez soared in, caught it, successfully put it in, impressing everyone who seconds earlier had almost given up on him during this set of attempts. He got a 42.

JR Smith is up and started from the far right corner along the baseline, with help from Sonny Weems. But after a few failed attempts, his helper moved off the court into the stands, about 12 feet off the court on the right side, and tossed a pass that Smith, coming down the left side of the middle caught, swung and flushed home. He got a 42.

Nate the Great is up third. Teammate Wilson Chandler got down on his hands and knees in the paint, and Nate ran down the middle, stepped on Chandler's back and used him as a stepladder and threw home a one-handed dunk which wasn't that impressive. He probably should have stuck to a normal dunk.

Right after his dunk, Robinson actually jogged off the court back to the locker room area. InsideHoops.com isn't sure why, yet.

Dwight Howard is up last, and he's got something special planned. A second basket is being wheeled out and placed to the left of the first basket. That second basket is apparently 12 feet high.

Then, Howard jogged off the court to a phone booth which was off the court on the left side, and put on a red Superman cape.

And now, here's the dunk:

Teammate Jameer Nelson was there to help, and threw up a short pass that bounced off the backboard, then the front rim. And Howard soared in and threw down a pretty simple, straightforward dunk - on the 12 foot rim. Judges gave him another perfect 50.

So, after the full first round, Howard has 100, Robinson 87. Those are the 2009 NBA Slam dunk contest finalists.

NBA SLAM DUNK FINALS

Robinson is now KryptoNate, wearing a green Knicks uniform, green socks and green shoes. He starts in the far left corner, throws the ball up, catches it with two hands, pulls the ball down, and puts it down with two hands behind his head. It was a very nice dunk, made better of course by the fact that KryptoNate is a little midget.

And now, D-Howard, who starts from the far left corner, moving out of bounds, and threw it perfectly off the right side of the backboard, flew in, caught it with the right hand, hung in the air for what felt like an eternity, and threw in a perfect dunk. See, as I said earlier, the judges are messing up. Howard's 50 is better than any other 50 today so far. But they're both 50's.

For Nate Robinson's second dunk, he actually used Dwight Howard, who stood in the paint. Robinson came right down the middle, jumped, used his left hand to push off Howard's shoulder, and more or less jumped totally over Dwight to thrown down a beautiful dunk. Robinson did jump totally over Howard, but I think Nate wouldn't have been able to do it had he not used his left hand for an extra lift. Still great, though.

For Howard's second dunk he moved all the way down the court, having to move tons of photographers and others away in the process. It looks like he's going for a free throw line dunk!

Howard starts all the way down the court, from the left side, races the floor, and soars from maybe six inches inside the free throw line for a dunk that, while amazing to pull off, didn't look quite as awesome as it could have due to Howard seemingly being uncertain of himself in the air and in the finish. Dwight also reacted in slightly disappointed fashion after he landed, which doesn't help pump people up.

And with 52% of fan voting support for the winner, the 2009 NBA slam dunk contest champion is Nate Robinson.


NBA Slam Dunk Contest Preview

The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard will defend his crown in the 2009 NBA Slam Dunk competition to be held on NBA All-Star Saturday Night Feb. 14, at US Airways Center (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in Phoenix. Howard will compete against the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, who participated in last year’s contest, and the New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson, winner of the 2006 contest in Houston. The fourth dunker in the 2009 NBA Slam Dunk contest, as chosen by fans, is Rudy Fernandez of the Portland Trail Blazers. Fernandez beat out Joe Alexander of the Milwaukee Bucks and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Fans on InsideHoops.com are discussing this year's competition here. Join in and share your opinion.

In New Orleans last year, Howard edged defending champion Gerald Green, then of the Minnesota Timberwolves, for the NBA Slam Dunk title in one of the most creative competitions in recent history. Howard scored perfect 50s on both of his first round dunks - one of which included his donning a cape for a “Superman” dunk -- and received 78 percent of the fans' votes in the finals. Howard will attempt to become the first player since Golden State’s Jason Richardson (2002-2003) to win back-to-back NBA Slam Dunk titles. The only previous repeat Slam Dunk champion was Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who won the 1987 and 1988 contests.

The two dunkers with the highest first round scores will advance to the final round. The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks then will alternate until each player has completed two. Time limit rules still apply. In the final round, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com. The combined results from SMS TXT voting and NBA.com will determine the champion.

Below is a list of previous winners NBA Slam Dunk winners:

NBA Slam Dunk YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS

1984—Larry Nance, Phoenix
1985—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1986—Spud Webb, Atlanta
1987—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989—Kenny Walker, New York
1990—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1991—Dee Brown, Boston
1992—Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix
1993—Harold Miner, Miami
1994—Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1995—Harold Miner, Miami
1996—Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers
1997—Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
2000—Vince Carter, Toronto
2001—Desmond Mason, Seattle
2002—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2003—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2004—Fred Jones, Indiana
2005—Josh Smith, Atlanta
2006—Nate Robinson, New York
2007—Gerald Green, Boston
2008—Dwight Howard, Orlando

2009 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST COMPETITORS

Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Rudy Gay, Memphis F 6-8 222
Dwight Howard, Orlando* C 6-11 265
Nate Robinson, New York G 5-9 180
Rudy Fernandez, Portland G 6-6 185
* - indicates 2008 winner


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LAST YEAR'S NBA SLAM DUNK COMPETITION PREVIEW

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gerald Green will defend his crown in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk competition to be held on NBA All-Star Weekend Saturday Night Feb. 16, at New Orleans Arena (8 p.m. ET on TNT). Green will compete against two first-time entrants – the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay and former D-Leaguer Jamario Moon of the Toronto Raptors -- as well as the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, who competed in the 2007 contest.

DWIGHT HOWARD WON IT. SEE COMPLETE NOTES FROM THE EVENT HERE.

For the first time, fans will have the final say in deciding the winner of the NBA basketball Slam Dunk competition. Following the concluding round of dunks, fans will be able to cast their votes via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com to determine this year’s winner. The dunker with the most fan votes will be named the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk contest. A panel of judges will continue to play a key role by determining which two participants advance to the final round. During the final round, each judge’s vote will count the same as a fan vote.

Last year in Las Vegas, Green, then a member of the Boston Celtics, outlasted defending champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks for the NBA basketball Slam Dunk championship. Green tallied the three highest scores of the night, including a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk as he windmilled while hurdling an All-Star table.

Golden State’s Jason Richardson was the last player to win back-to-back NBA basketball Slam Dunk titles, capturing the 2002 and 2003 competitions. The only previous repeat Slam Dunk champion was Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who won the 1987 and 1988 contests.

The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks then will alternate until each player has completed two. Time limit rules still apply. After the four finals dunks are completed, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com. Each judge will then provide commentary on the dunkers and hold up a placard with his vote for the winner. The judge’s votes will be combined with the SMS TXT and NBA.com votes to determine the champion.


2008 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Rudy Gay, Memphis F 6-8 222
Gerald Green, Minnesota* F 6-8 200
Dwight Howard, Orlando C 6-11 265
Jamario Moon, Toronto F 6-8 205

* - indicates 2007 winner


NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST HISTORY: YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS

1984: Larry Nance, Phoenix 1985: Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta 1986: Spud Webb, Atlanta 1987: Michael Jordan, Chicago 1988: Michael Jordan, Chicago 1989: Kenny Walker, New York 1990: Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta 1991: Dee Brown, Boston 1992: Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix 1993: Harold Miner, Miami 1994: Isaiah Rider, Minnesota 1995: Harold Miner, Miami 1996: Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers 1997: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 2000: Vince Carter, Toronto 2001: Desmond Mason, Seattle 2002: Jason Richardson, Golden State 2003: Jason Richardson, Golden State 2004: Fred Jones, Indiana 2005: Josh Smith, Atlanta 2006: Nate Robinson, New York 2007: Gerald Green, Boston






2007 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST RECAP

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is a favorite event in NBA All-Star Weekend. Legendary NBA Slam Dunk contest performances from champions like Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkens and Spud Webb will be remembered forever.

Live Slam Dunk contest notes up top, rosters and preview lower down on this page.

LIVE 2007 NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST NOTES

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Tyrus Thomas went first, taking a bounce from teammate Ben Gordon, missing a reverse dunk attempt first, passing on trying the second, missing the third, and then waved Gordon off, stood at the foul line, bounced the ball backwards between his legs against the backboard, lept up straight on, caught it with two hands and threw it down hard with no real twists. He got a 37.

Gerald Green went next, starting in the right corner, assisted by teammate Paul Pierce. And the dunk was interesting: Pierce ran at the backboard along the sideline and carefully bounced it off the right corner of the backboard, and Green soared in, caught it in mid-air with two hands and swung it around before putting it in. Awesome dunk. He got a 48. I thought it was a 49 or 50.

Dwight Howard was third, and worked alone, coming down the middle after initially starting from the right-side three-point elbow, jumped, held the ball with two hands, swung it around and put it down nicely, getting a 43.

Defending NBA slam dunk champ Nate Robinson went last, starting up top, lobbing the ball high, bouncing it under the rim, jumped insanely high, caught it in the air with one hand and his legs twisting, almost flying like a super hero, and put it down. THe judges only gave him a 45. I thought it deserved a 48 or 49.

So after the first set of slam dunks Green led with 48, Nate Rob second with 45.

For the second dunk Tyrus Thomas went down the middle. Teammate Ben Gordon, standing under the rim, was holding the ball while Thomas ran down the middle. Gordon bounced it down and Thomas jumped directly over Gordon, caught it in the air and threw it down with one hand. He actually tore the net in the dunk. I've never seen that happen before. So, a break was taken as workmen came out with a yellow ladder, climbed up, removed the rest of the torn net and started putting on a new one.

D-Howard went second, holding a small sticker with his face on it in his left hand, ran down the middle, took a lob from teammate Jameer Nelson who was standing under the rim, and on the left side of the rim dunked the ball with his right hand while extending his left arm as high as possible on the left side of the glass, sticking the sticker ridiculously high up. Creative, good stuff! He got a 42.

Nate Robinson came from the left corner, running baseline while teammate David Lee stood in the paint holding his arm straight up with the ball resting in his palm. Robinson ran in, jumped, took the ball from Lee while the ball was still resting on Lee's hand (in other words, Lee didn't throw or bounce it) and put in a fairly standard twisting one-hander. He got a 45.

Gerald Green is up, and made sure to change sneakers while everyone was watching. Teammate Paul Pierce originally took a cardboard cutout of Nate Robinson and was going to use it, but then they grabbed the real Nate and had him stand in the paint. Green then proceeded to remove his top, revealing a Dee Brown #7 Celtics jersey from years past. He then ran down the middle, jumped over Robinson's head while covering his eyes with his forearm and legs twisting, uncovered his eyes at the last second before putting it down. It was beautiful. He got a ____.

The 2007 NBA Slam Dunk finals are Green vs. Robinson.

Robinson went first, coming down the middle, bouncing the ball up and leaping up just trying to cram it with one hand, missing his first two before putting it down with the third try. He was grabbing the rim with the left hand while throwing it down with the right. Judges gave him a 39.

Michael Jordan has been the toughest judge, but he's been consistent, so that's fine.

Green, after consulting with Pierce, started from teh right-side three-point elbow. Teammate Paul Pierce, standing out of bounds behind and to the left side of the basket, lobbed a pass in that Green caught and threw down pretty straight-away with two hands. He got a 41.

Robinson is starting at centercourt and is trying to bounce it off the backboard to catch, twist and throw down a 360. He's passed on a few attempts, not actually missing. He's on his fifth attempt now and is moving closer to the basket now and is rapidly losing steam. He is getting tired and maybe nervous. And was unable to put anything down within the two minute time limit. So all of that just counts as one miss. He gets to try again now with a fresh two minutes. But he looks extremely tired. And on the 10th try he finally got it, throwing it off the backboard while at the free throw line, running, leaping, catching it and putting down a reverse 180 dunk and seemed to get a sudden extra burst of energy. He got a 41, which is actually pretty fantastic considering he was struggling.

Green, up next, put a table with a black all-star tablecloth in the paint, just outside of the circle. And then came down the middle and launched himself over it throwing down a windmill, drawing a perfect score of 50 from the judges, winning the contest.

Gerald Green is the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk champion.



NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST PREVIEW

nba slam dunk contestNew York’s Nate Robinson will defend his crown in the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk competition to be held on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 17 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Robinson will compete against three first-time entrants – Boston’s Gerald Green, who is an alumnus of the NBA Development League, Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Chicago’s Tyrus Thomas – for this year’s title.

Last year in Houston, the 5-9 Robinson outlasted Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala 47-46 in a dunk-off to become only the second sub-6-foot winner in contest history joining Spud Webb, the 1986 champion. Webb provided the bounce pass for Robinson’s only 50-point dunk of the competition.

Golden State’s Jason Richardson was the last player to win back-to-back NBA Slam Dunk titles capturing the 2002 and 2003 competitions. The only previous repeat Slam Dunk champion was Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who won the 1987 and 1988 contests.

The judges of this year’s NBA Slam Dunk competition are incredible: Jordan, who is the all-time All-Star Game scoring leader with 262 points in 14 appearances; 1985 and 1990 Slam Dunk champion and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins; 1997 NBA Slam Dunk champion and starting guard for this year’s Western Conference All-Stars Kobe Bryant; 2000 Slam Dunk champ and 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Vince Carter and 11-time NBA All-Star and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST RULES

There are two rule changes for this year’s competition: Upon receiving the ball from the referee, players will have a two-minute time limit to complete their dunk. If a player hasn’t completed a dunk when the two-minute clock expires, he will have two more attempts to do so. Also new this year is the use of television instant replay, at the discretion of the referee, for clarification of rules compliance.

The NBA Slam Dunk contest will be broadcast live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

Below is the lineup for the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk participants followed by past slam dunk contest winners:

2007 SLAM DUNK COMPETITORS

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Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Gerald Green, Boston F 6-8 200 -- The InsideHoops.com favorite to win it all
Dwight Howard, Orlando C 6-11 265 -- Could surprise but mostly a power dunker
Nate Robinson, New York G 5-9 180 -- Always root for the little guy
Tyrus Thomas, Chicago F 6-9 215 -- Largely unknown. The X-factor.

INSIDEHOOPS.COM EDITOR PREDICTS THE WINNERS

From Jeff Lenchiner, editor of InsideHoops.com: I'm going with Gerald Green. He's going to destroy this thing. Nate Robinson should come in second, Tyrus Thomas third, and Dwight Howard fourth. The reason I'm saying Howard is last is because of his size. Yeah, he can jump, but he's more of a power leaper. He can get insanely high up in the air, so I'm sure he'll surprise a few people, but the creativity factor is going to hold him back.

That's my first instinct. Be here on InsideHoops.com for complete, in-depth previews of the entire weekend and event event, plus full live coverage and the best recaps on the web.

NBA SLAM DUNK WINNERS HISTORY

Year Location Champion
2006 Houston Nate Robinson, New York
2005 Denver Josh Smith, Atlanta
2004 Los Angeles Fred Jones, Indiana
2003 Atlanta Jason Richardson, Golden State
2002 Philadelphia Jason Richardson, Golden State
2001 Washington, D.C. Desmond Mason, Seattle
2000 Oakland Vince Carter, Toronto
1999 No competition - lockout
1998 New York No competition
1997 Cleveland Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
1996 San Antonio Brent Barry, L.A. Clippers
1995 Phoenix Harold Miner, Miami
1994 Minneapolis Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1993 Salt Lake City Harold Miner, Cleveland
1992 Orlando Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix
1991 Charlotte Dee Brown, Boston
1990 Miami Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1989 Houston Kenny Walker, New York
1988 Chicago Michael Jordan, Chicago
1987 Seattle Michael Jordan, Chicago
1986 Dallas Spud Webb, Atlanta
1985 Indianapolis Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1984 Denver Larry Nance, Phoenix







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