Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/9/14
The NBA All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest is easily one of the most entertaining and anticipated events of professional basketball’s extensive season. Every year, fans hope to see something new and unique. Something that combines athleticism and originality. After all, if we expected to see the same aerial tricks, nobody would watch the contest. With so many high-flying, big-name hoopsters taking part in the dunk contest throughout its entertaining history, it begs the question, “who would be asked to perform in the Ultimate Slam Dunk Contest?” It would be a hard category to narrow down, but if I was given the commissioner’s cap to run this Ultimate Dunk Contest, these guys would be the main attraction. Julius Irving Dr. J was one of the forefathers of modernizing the game of basketball, introducing the world to a new style of play above the hoop. The 1976 ABA slam-dunk contest champion is credited with being one of the major reasons why basketball has become such an aerial game today. Forget leaping over a car or slapping a sticker on the backboard, Dr. J used to impress everyone with his massive hang time. Dominique Wilkins Also known as the “Human Highlight Film,” Wilkins was one of the first players to combine high-rising with power. Not only could Wilkins dunk on you, he would add a little flare to it, and look good doing it. Wilkins is a two-time slam dunk champion (1985, 1990) yet had some of his most impressive and athletic dunks during game time rather than in the contest. Michael Jordan It would be impossible to have a slam dunk contest discussion without including the “Air Man.” Even though the dunk was becoming popular by the time Jordan entered the league, M.J. revolutionized play above the rim and seemingly redefined the laws of gravity. The greatest to ever play the game was known for his hang time and ability to slam the ball from the free throw line. Not only was Jordan the greatest to ever play in the league, he was one of the best dunkers of all-time. Vince Carter Many fans believed the slam dunk contest should be put to rest after Vince Carter’s performance in the 2000 dunk contest, when “Vinsanity” performed a 360 windmill jam (with relative ease, I might add), and a between-the-legs dunk in the contest. Another guy who was just as impressive during a game as in the dunk contest. Where Jordan left off, Vince Carter picked up, and soared higher. LeBron James Unfortunately, James has never agreed to be a participant in the NBA’s slam dunk contest. Most people speculate it’s because he doesn’t want to lose the contest and be ridiculed for not winning a competition that several of the NBA’s great athletes have won. We are all impressed with King James’s athletic ability and believe he could put on a magnificent dunk contest performance. Unfortunately, this is something we will probably never know. Blake Griffin Blake Griffin is just an absolutely insane athlete and looks to embarrass people when going up for slam. You may have heard about Griffin’s authoritative jam over Timofey Mozgov in 2010. In any case, Griffin made a name for himself in the 2011 dunk contest when he leaped over the hood of a car. Even though Griffin and other recent dunk contestants have had to turn to props to impress and entertain fans, it would still be interesting to see what he could do without the assistance of special effects. *** This contest would have no props, no special effects, no Charles Barkley making ridiculous comments at inappropriate times, and would still be the most entertaining dunk contest of all time. If you were doing your own “Ultimate Dunk Contest,” Who would you have participate? The post Who Would Be The Participants In An All-Time NBA Slam Dunk Contest? appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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