NBA Slam Dunk Contest history
Look back at, and watch video of, each winner of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest.
LARRY NANCE, PHOENIX SUNS
Dunk contests won: 1984
Nance took home the first Dunk competition, beating a field that included Clyde Drexler, Michael Cooper, Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving. He had a three-dunk total of 134 to top Erving in the final round. (This was the same year Erving dunked from the free throw line).
1984 Dunk Contest highlights
DOMINIQUE WILKINS, ATLANTA HAWKS
Dunk contests won: 1985, 1990
The Human Highlight Film won the NBA's second dunk contest, beating rookie Michael Jordan 147-136 in the final round in 1985. After coming in second place in 1986 and 1988, Wilkins returned to beat a deep field that included Kenny Smith, defending champion Kenny Walker and Shawn Kemp. | 1985 Dunk Contest highlights | 1990 Dunk Contest highlights
SPUD WEBB, ATLANTA HAWKS
Dunk contests won: 1986
At 5'7, Webb is the shortest champion in the contest's history. Webb knocked off defending champion and teammate Dominique Wilkins in the final round with a pair of perfect scores.
1986 Dunk Contest highlights
MICHAEL JORDAN, CHICAGO BULLS
Dunk contests won: 1987, 1988
His Airness was the first player in the contest's history to win back-to-back titles. His second, in 1988, was part of arguably the best Slam Dunk Contest in NBA history. Jordan and Dominique Wilkins combined for five perfect dunks, with Jordan coming out on top in the final round, 147-145.
1987 Dunk Contest Highlights | 1988 Dunk Contest Highlights |
KENNY WALKER, KNICKS
Dunk contests won: 1989
'Sky' Walker managed to avoid both Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins, but still had to beat Spud Webb and Clyde Drexler. Walker cruised to the title, with three near-perfect dunks for a total score of 148.1 in the final round to easily beat Drexler.
1989 Dunk Contest highlights
DEE BROWN, BOSTON CELTICS
Dunk contests won: 1991
Brown used a "no-look" slam to take the 1991 title from a relatively weak field that included Shawn Kemp and Rex Chapman.
1991 Dunk Contest highlights
CEDRIC CEBALLOS, PHOENIX SUNS
Dunk contests won: 1992
Despite barely getting out of the first and second rounds, Ceballos used a blindfolded dunk to easily beat Larry Johnson, 97.2-66.0, in the finals.
1992 Dunk Contest highlights
HAROLD MINER, MIAMI HEAT
Dunk contests won: 1993, 1995
Nicknamed "Baby Jordan," Miner cruised to a pair of dunk titles. He had the three best dunks in the 1993 contest, beating Clarence Weatherspoon and Cedric Ceballos in the finals, and in 1995, posted the two highest scores to easily beat defending champion Isaiah Rider.
1993 Dunk Contest highlights | 1995 Dunk Contest highlights
ISAIAH RIDER, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Dunk contests won: 1994
In a new format that allowed dunkers 90 seconds in the first round to throw down as many dunks as possible, Rider put up the three highest scores of the competition to win. He beat Robert Pack and Shawn Kemp in the finals. | 1994 Dunk Contest highlights
BRENT BARRY, LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Dunk contests won: 1996
Barry came out on top of arguably the most obscure Slam Dunk field. Barry's free throw line jam carried him past Michael Finley, Greg Minor, Jerry Stackhouse, Doug Christie and Darrell Armstrong.
1996 Dunk Contest highlights
KOBE BRYANT, LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Dunk contests won: 1997
At just 18 years old, Bryant became the youngest champion of the Slam Dunk Contest. Bryant's 49 in the final round beat Chris Carr (45) and Michael Finley (33).
1997 Dunk Contest highlights
VINCE CARTER, TORONTO RAPTORS
Dunk contests won: 2000
After ditching the Dunk Contest for two seasons, the NBA brought it back in 2000. The participants didn't disappoint, with Carter, cousin Tracy McGrady, and Steve Francis lighting up the scoreboard. Of Carter's five dunks, three received perfect scores, including his famous between-the-legs dunk.
2000 Dunk Contest highlights |
DESMOND MASON, SEATTLE SUPERSONICS
Dunk contests won: 2001
The 2001 field wasn't able to recreate the magic from the year before, with Vince Carter, Steve Francis and Tracy McGrady all not in attendance. Mason totaled 89 points on two dunks in the final round to beat DeShawn Stevenson and Baron Davis. | 2001 Dunk Contest highlights
JASON RICHARDSON, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Dunk contests won: 2002, 2003
In 2002, Richardson won the only tournament-style Dunk Contest in NBA history. Richardson crushed Mason, 98-84, in the first round, then beat Gerald Wallace in the finals. The following year, Richardson threw down three perfect dunks to easily beat a field that included Desmond Mason, Amar'e Stoudemire and Richard Jefferson. | 2002 Dunk Contest highlights | 2003 Dunk Contest highlights
FRED JONES, INDIANA PACERS
Dunk contests won: 2004
In Jones' only appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest, he beat Jason Richardson 86-78 in the finals, preventing Richardson from a three-peat.
2004 Dunk Contest highlights
JOSH SMITH, ATLANTA HAWKS
Dunk contests won: 2005
J-Smoove was the first contestant since Spud Webb to tally a perfect score in the final round of the contest. He beat Amar'e Stoudemire 100-87 for the title.
2005 Dunk Contest highlights
NATE ROBINSON, NEW YORK KNICKS
Dunk contests won: 2006, 2009, 2010
Robinson's first title was memorable for three reasons: he dunked over Spud Webb, won in a Dunk Off, and took 17 attempts in the final round. In 2009, he dunked over 6'11 Dwight Howard while dressed as "KryptoNate" to beat the defending champion. The following year, Robinson became the first three-time winner, beating DeMar DeRozan. 2006 Dunk Contest highlights | 2009 | 2010
GERALD GREEN, BOSTON CELTICS
Dunk contests won: 2007
Green used defending champion Nate Robinson as a prop as part of his repertoire to win the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest. He lept over Robinson without looking at the hoop -- a la Dee Brown in 1991 -- and later picked up a perfect score with a windmill dunk over a table.
2007 Dunk Contest highlights
DWIGHT HOWARD, ORLANDO MAGIC
Dunk contests won: 2008
Howard, a fan favorite, coincidentally won the first contest that was decided by a fan vote, beating Gerald Green in the final round, 78 percent to 22 percent. In the most memorable dunk of the evening, Howard took of his jersey to reveal a Superman shirt and cape, and threw the ball through the rim instead of dunking it. | 2008 Dunk Contest highlights |
BLAKE GRIFFIN, LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Dunk contests won: 2011
Griffin's entrance into the final round was met with controversy, many fans feeling DeMar DeRozan outperformed him in the first round. In the finals, Griffin jammed over a Kia Optima, easily beating JaVale McGee in the fan vote, 68 percent to 32 percent.
2011 Dunk Contest highlights
JEREMY EVANS, UTAH JAZZ
Dunk contests won: 2012
Evans, a late replacement for Iman Shumpert, beat out Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams and Paul George in a fan vote to win. Evans' best dunk came when he jumped over teammate Gordon Hayward and threw two balls through the net.
2012 Dunk Contest highlights
TERRENCE ROSS, TORONTO RAPTORS
Dunk contests won: 2013
Ross beat 2012 champion Jeremy Evans thanks to his final dunk, in which he jumped over a ballboy on the defensive circle, took the ball between his legs and dunked it.
2013 Dunk Contest highlights
TERRENCE ROSS, TORONTO RAPTORS; JOHN WALL, WASHINGTON WIZARDS; PAUL GEORGE, INDIANA PACERS
Dunk contest won: 2014
The 2014 Slam Dunk Contest featured a new team-based format divided into two parts -- a "freestyle round" and a winner--take-all "battle round". The East team of Ross, Wall and George won the "battle round" to take home the victory. John Wall was named "Dunker of the Night" after jumping over the Wizards' mascot, taking a ball from its hand mid-flight, and slamming home the reverse dunk.
ZACH LAVINE, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Dunk contests won: 2015 LaVine, 19, became the second-youngest player to ever win the Slam Dunk Contest, defeating the Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo on teammate Andrew Wiggins’ pass off the back of the backboard, which LaVine one-handed between his legs and slammed down for his final missive.