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  • The 2020 dunk contest may sadly become known for the absolute travesty that was the judging. Derrick Jones, Jr. technically won the event, even though Aaron Gordon produced five straight perfect scores and then somehow got a 47 despite dunking over a 7’5 guy on the first try. Gordon should have two titles by now. Instead, he was beat unfairly by Zach LaVine in 2016 and defeated even more unfairly by Jones this time.
  • The 2020 dunk contest may sadly become known for the absolute travesty that was the judging. Derrick Jones, Jr. technically won the event, even though Aaron Gordon produced five straight perfect scores and then somehow got a 47 despite dunking over a 7’5 guy on the first try. Gordon should have two titles by now. Instead, he was beat unfairly by Zach LaVine in 2016 and defeated even more unfairly by Jones this time.
  • The 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest is already being hailed as one of the greatest ever, and it might be the most controversial. Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat took the crown, but not after Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon put on a spectacle that included five straight 50s — a streak that ended after he jumped over a 7-foot-5 guy, earning a shocking 47 (investigations are underway).
  • This year's Slam Dunk contest (Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on TNT) will feature last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns. In terms of star power, it is an understated field, although as we've learned from past contests, it is not the name of the player that dictates how a dunk contest will go, but the creativity and execution of their jams.
  • Inside Air Canada Centre at last year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Aaron Gordon jogged to the right wing and prepared for his third-to-last dunk. Locked in battle with Zach LaVine, he placed Stuff the Magic Dragon, the Orlando mascot, inside the key with the ball held high over his head. Along the sidelines, a who's who of NBA royalty stood up next to celebrities, and for a moment everything for Gordon went stone-cold silent.
  • It’s best to go ahead and admit this up front: Saturday’s Slam Dunk Contest will have its hands full matching the excitement generated by last year’s event in Toronto. While the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest can’t match Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins in 1988 when it comes to star power and it falls slightly short of Vince Carter’s 2000 performance in terms of influential breakthroughs, Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon combined to deliver an all-time classic. The two 2014 lottery picks needed two tie-breaking overtime rounds to determine a winner, with LaVine finally besting Gordon 299-291 out of a possible 300 total points.
  • We won't see Steph Curry in the 3-point shootout, Zach LaVine in the dunk contest or Joel Embiid showing off his ballhandling skills, but there's still plenty to look forward to at the main events of the NBA's All-Star weekend. Klay Thompson will headline the 3-point contest, Aaron Gordon will look to avenge his runner-up dunk contest finish, and a quartet of bigs will set the bar at the skills challenge.
  • Before 2016 participants Zach LaVine (defending champion), Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Andre Drummond square off this weekend, weigh in on the best dunk performances from years past.
  • There is a finite number of ways for a person to emphatically place a basketball inside a hoop. Yet even in a stage of declining relevancy, the Slam Dunk Contest still occasionally steals the All-Star Weekend show.
  • Over the past three decades, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest has provided some of the most memorable moments in league history.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine will return to defend his title and represent the Wolves in the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest the league announced today. LaVine will dunk against Will Barton (Denver Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) and Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic). LaVine is seeking to join Michael Jordan (1987-88), Jason Richardson (2002-03) and Nate Robinson (2009-10) as the only solo back-to-back winners of Verizon Slam Dunk.
  • Nostalgic NBA supporters may long for the days when the brightest stars, such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter, stole headlines at All-Star Weekend in the Slam Dunk Contest, but fans will be in for a treat in this year’s event for one reason.
  • The Slam Dunk Contest gives fans just a taste of what these NBA ballers can do in the air, these 19 dunkers put on a show any time they fly.
  • With a number of awe-inspiring glides to the rim, Zach LaVine took the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in convincing fashion and single-handedly injected life into an event that had been gradually losing its luster.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine scored a perfect 100 in the opening round Saturday of the NBA All-Star dunk contest, highlighted by a through-the-legs, one-handed reverse slam on his first attempt en route to the championship.
  • Basketball fans aren't the only ones lamenting the fact that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has never showcased his supreme athletic gifts in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
  • From Michael Jordan’s iconic free-throw line takeoff to Gerald Green’s gravity-defying cupcake jam, a look at the most memorable moments in Slam Dunk Contest history.
  • The folks at Barclays Center in Brooklyn were treated to the "Zach LaVine Show" during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. The rookie out of UCLA dominated the competition from start to finish...
  • The NBA's Slam Dunk Contest has been a staple of All-Star Weekend for almost three decades. Here is the list of past Slam Dunk Contest winners.
  • Feb 05 2015
    Does NBA Want to Fix Dunk Contest?
    Anybody else get the feeling that the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend is the equivalent of the family pet that has grown old and incontinent? There's a deep and abiding affection for ol'—let's call him Hops—so the thought of putting him down is hard to bear. You feed him and scratch behind his ears and think about all the special moments you've shared (Vince, 'Nique, Michael), and it pains you to look at his current state.