The Most Epic NBA Dunk Contest Photos Ever Taken
With the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on the horizon, here is a look back at the most memorable photos and videos from the competition over the years.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall won the 2014 contest when he jumped over the team mascot and did a reverse dunk at Smoothie King Center on Feb. 15, 2014, in New Orleans.
Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors goes up for a dunk during the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 16, 2013, at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz jumps over teammate Gordon Haywood and dunks two basketballs during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at Amway Center on Feb. 25, 2012, in Orlando.
Houston Rockets' Chase Budinger pays homage to the 1992 dunk contest winner Cedric Ceballos by dunking with a blindfold during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Orlando.
Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers, dunks the ball over a car in the final round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on Feb. 19, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks dunks during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the American Airlines Center on Feb. 13, 2010, in Dallas.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic bounces the ball off of the back of the backboard before dunking at the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16, 2008, in New Orleans.
Gerald Green of the Minnesota Timberwolves completes his "birthday cake dunk" by blowing out a candle while dunking during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16, 2008, in New Orleans.
Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics jumps over various things, including Nate Robinson, before dunking during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 17, 2007, in Las Vegas.
Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks jumps over former NBA Slam Dunk champion Spud Webb during the Sprite Slam Dunk on Feb. 18, 2006, in Houston.
Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks from behind the hoop during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest at Toyota Center on Feb. 18, 2006, in Houston.
Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks takes off in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk competition at Pepsi Center on Feb. 19, 2005, in Denver.
Fred Jones of the Indiana Pacers almost hits his face on the basket while dunking during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition on Feb. 14, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2002 and 2003
Jason Richardson of the Golden State Warriors is shown during the 2002 and 2003 Sprite Slam Dunk Contests, where he was crowned the champion both years.
Desmond Mason of the Seattle SuperSonics dunks over a teammate during the 2001 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 11, 2001, at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors performs two of the most memorable dunks of all time during the 2000 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers soars for a dunk during the 1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 8, 1997, at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.
Brent Barry of the Los Angeles Clippers shocks the crowd when he dunks from the free-throw line during the NBA slam dunk contest on Feb. 10, 1996, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
1995 and 1993
Harold Miner of the Miami Heat is shown during the 1995 and 1993 NBA slam dunk contests, where he was crowned the champion both years.
Isaiah "JR" Rider of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a slam dunk during the 1994 Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 12, 1994, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Dee Brown of the Boston Celtics goes up for a no-look dunk during the slam dunk contest on Feb. 9, 1991, at the Miami Arena in Miami.
Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks throws down a two-handed dunk with power during the 1990 Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest played at the Miami Arena on Feb. 10, 1990, in Miami.
Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls attempts a dunk during the 1990 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 10, 1990, at Miami Arena in Miami.
Kenny Walker of the New York Knicks took home the trophy during the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 11, 1989, at the Summit in Houston.
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls then stole the show and edged Atlanta Hawks' Dominique Wilkins on his final dunk to win the contest on Feb. 7, 1988, at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.
Spud Webb of the Atlanta Hawks dunks during the 1986 slam dunk contest on Feb. 8, 1986, at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Webb was the smallest player to ever win the competition at 5'7".
1985 and 1976
Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a dunk during the 1985 and 1976 NBA Slam Dunk Contests.