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Nance, Carter, Griffin and the rest of the 'Dunk' champs

JOSH SMITH, ATLANTA HAWKS Dunk contests won: 2005

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
Credit: AP

This year's Slam Dunk Contest field? Weak.

Maybe the weakest all-time, rivaling the 1996 group that included sharpshooters . . . err . . . high-fliers Brent Barry, Michael Finley, Greg Minor, Jerry Stackhouse, Doug Christie, and the title holder of "worst dunk contest performance ever," Darrell Armstrong.

Point being? There's not much that can be done to hype up this year's competition. Sure, Chase Budinger might do something nice, and Paul George has thrown down a few powerful jams this year, but without name recognition, what is the Dunk Contest?

So, I went back to 1984 and compiled a photo gallery with video highlights from each year. Yes, going back to the days when stars like Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler and Michael Jordan were in the field.

And including the 2000 contest -- my favorite of all-time -- that featured the historic performance of Vince Carter against Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis.

And of course, last year's "rigged" contest that saw Blake Griffin unremarkably jump over a Kia Optima.

Which dunk champion was your favorite? Click through the photos, watch the videos, and then vote below.

And, because I can't resist, Carter's highlight reel from 2000:

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