Glenn Robinson III joins storied list of NBA slam dunk champions after impressive showing

Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III took home the gold in the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, defeating Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns in the final round.

Robinson claimed the big win after leaping over teammate Paul George, the Pacers mascot and a Pacers dance team member and hitting a reverse slam worth a perfect 50, according to the judges.

The slam dunk is undoubtedly one of the most recognized and exciting moves in all of sports. It's a feat of pure athleticism that sends crowds (and players) into a frenzy any time one is thrown down.

In 1976, professional basketball chose to celebrate the dunk and all its glory during the sport's All-Star Game weekend. The first Slam Dunk Contest was held by the American Basketball Association and was won by Julius Irving -- but the league's merger with the National Basketball Association (NBA) caused the contest to take a hiatus until 1984.

A total of 24 different players from 16 different NBA teams have won the Slam Dunk Contest since the event returned in 1984. The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks have produced the most dunking champions in that period, with four each.

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History of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest
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DENVER - JANUARY 27: Julius 'Dr. J' Erving #32 of the ABA New Jersey Nets goes for a dunk from the free throw line during the inaugural Slam Dunk Contest during halftime at the 9th ABA All-Star Game on January 27, 1976 at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - JANUARY 28: Michael Cooper #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes for a dunk during the 1984 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest at McNichols Arena on January 28, 1984 in Denver Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
29 Jan 1984: Doninique Wilkins #21 of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for a reverse slam dunk in the Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All Star Weekend in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice and Credit: Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit:Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 9: Terrence Stansbury #43 of the Indiana Pacers attempts a dunk during the 1985 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on February 9, 1985 at the Markets Sqaure Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 9: Dominique Wilkins #21 of the Atlanta Hawks attempts a dunk during the 1985 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on February 9, 1985 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 7: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls wins the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest on February 7, 1987 at Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 12: James Robinson #26 of the Portland Trail Blazers attempts a dunk during the 1994 Slam Dunk Contest on February 12, 1994 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - FEBRUARY 10: Greg Minor #9 of the Boston Celtics attempts a dunk during the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest on February 10, 1996 at the Alamodome in San, Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers soars for a dunk during the 1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on February 8, 1997 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Toronto Raptors player Vince Carter gets his arm tangled in the net during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest 12 February, 2000 at the Arena in Oakland, California. Carter won the competition with 3 perfect scores out of 5. This is the first time in three years that the slam dunk contest has been held. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read JOHN MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Steve Francis #1 of the Houston Rockets attempts a dunk during the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest on February 12, 2000 at the Arena in Oakland in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 9: Desmond Mason #24 of the Seattle SuperSonics attempts a dunk during the 2002 Slam Dunk Contest on February 9, 2002 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
09 Feb 2002: Desmond Mason of the Seattle SuperSonics jumps over teammate Earl Watson as he attempts a dunk during the NBA.COM Slam Dunk contest presented by RealOne during NBA All-Star 2002 Weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DIGITAL IMAGE NOTICE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Jason Richardson of the Golden State Warriors dunks (3 of 6) during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition on February 14, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Andersen #12 of the Denver Nuggets goes for a dunk during the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition on February 14, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 17: Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics leaps over fellow competitor Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks in the Sprite Slam Dunk Competition during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 17, 2007 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES: Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics jumps to win the slam dunk contest of the NBA All Star Game, 17 February 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic completes his SUperman dunk during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: The ball sits on a mini-rim placed on the basket by Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies completes a dunk in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14: Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks participates in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Nate Robinson #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates his third win with the Champions Trophy after the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on February 13, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball over a car in the final round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Baron Davis #5 and Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers share a laugh during the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
JaVale McGee from the Washington Wizards slam dunks A ball before finishing runner-up during the All-Stars Slam Dunk contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 19, 2011. The event took place ahead of Sunday's 60th NBA All-Star Game showdown between Eastern and Western conference superstars at Los Angeles on February 20. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Chase Budinger #10 of the Houston Rockets dunks blind-folded during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of 2012 All-Star Weekend at the Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 16: Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors dunks the ball after a pass from teammate Terrence Jones during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 16, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Eric Gay/Pool/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Terrence Ross during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on State Farm All-Star Saturday Night as part of the 2014 All-Star Weekend at Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Western Conference All-Star Harrison Barnes #40 of the Golden State Warriors dunks during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Eastern Conference competes during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2015 NBA Allstar Weekend at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 13: (10 of 19) Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic goes up for a dunk during the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part of 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 13, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 13: Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves goes up for the dunk during the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2016 NBA All Star Weekend on February 13, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves holds the trophy after winning the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Nate Robinson has won the contest three times, all while with the Knicks, and is the only player to be crowned that many times.

Five players have won the competition twice: Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and 2016 champion Zach LaVine. LaVine, however, did not return to the court to defend his title in 2017.

This year's four participants were Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns and Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers.

Many feel Jones Jr. had the best dunk of the night when he caught the ball after bouncing it off the backboard for a through-the-legs dunk.

Gordon may have had the most creative dunk, using a drone to drop the ball through the hoop, though it did take multiple attempts for him to slam it down.

Related: Take a look back at the history of the NBA All-Star Game:

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NBA All-Star Game through the years
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UNDATED: Bob Cousy #14 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars drives to the basket during an NBA All-Star game circa 1950. (Photo by NBA Photo Library/NBAE via Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - 1961: Dolph Schayes #4 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars shoots during the 1961 NBA All-Star Game circa 1961 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by The Stevenson Collection/NBAE via Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 25: ABA All Stars Artis Gilmore #54 and George Thompson #20 react to the shot by NBA All Star Archie Clark #21 at the Nassau Coliseum on May 25, 1972 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Randy Brooke/Getty Images)
UNDATED: NBA All Star Julius Erving #6 makes a pass. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - FEBRUARY 3, 1980: Adrian Dantley #4 of the Utah Jazz and the West All Stars shoots against the East All Stars during the NBA All Star Game February 3, 1980 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
RICHFIELD, OH - FEBRUARY 1: Moses Malone #24 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars goes for a layup against the Western Conference All Stars during the 1981 NBA All-Star Game on February 1, 1981 in Richfield, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 1981 (Photo by Jerry Wachter/NBAE via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Isiah Thomas #11 of the Eastern Conference All Stars drives against Kareem Abdul Jabbar #33 of the Western Conference All Stars during the 1983 NBA All Star Game on February 13, 1983 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1983 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - FEBRUARY 9: Magic Johnson #32 of the Western Conference All-Stars looks to make a play against the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1986 NBA All-Star Game on February 9, 1986 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - FEBRUARY 8: Magic Johnson #32 of the Western Conference All-Stars looks to make a play against Michael Jordan #23 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1987 NBA All-Star Game at the Kingdome on February 8, 1987 in Seattle, Washington. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 9: Joe Dumars #4 dribbles the ball against John Stockton #12 during the 1992 NBA All-Star Game at Orlando Arena on February 9, 1992 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Jon Soohoo/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 21: Tim Hardaway #10 of the Western Conference All-Stars shoots against the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1993 All-Star Game on February 21, 1993 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The West defeated the Eats 135-132 in OT. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 13: Clyde Drexler #22 and David Robinson #50 of the Western Conference All Stars battle for the rebound against Scottie Pippen #33 and Derrick Coleman #44 of the Eastern Conference All Stars during the 1994 NBA All Star Game played on February 13, 1994 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 13: Mitch Richmond #2 of the Western Conference All-Stars shoots a jump shot over Kenny Anderson #7 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1994 NBA All-Star Game played on February 13, 1994 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, UNITED STATES: Eastern Conference All-Star Scottie Pippen(30) of the Chicago Bulls battles Western Conference center Haakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets for a rebound 12 February during the first quarter of the 1995 NBA All-Star Game at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. (COLOR KEY: Basketball is orange.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 12: Joe Dumars #4 and Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars share a laugh during the 1995 NBA All-Star Game played February 12, 1995 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 12: David Robinson #50 and Dkimebe Mutombo #55 of the Western Conference All-Stars team up to block a shot against the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1995 NBA All-Star Game played February 12, 1995 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1995 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - FEBRUARY 11: Grant Hill #35 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars drives to the basket against Jason Kidd #5 of the Western Conference All-Stars during the 1996 NBA All-Star game played February 11, 1996 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - FEBRUARY 12: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars attempts a dunk against the Western Conference All-Stars during the 1996 NBA All-Star game played February 12, 1996 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 9: Glenn Rice #41 of the Eastern Conference shoots against Shawn Kemp #40 of the Western Conference during the 1997 All-Star Game on February 9, 1997 at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Western Conference All-Stars soars for a dunk against the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1998 NBA All-Star game played February 14, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Eddie Jones #6 of the Western Conference All-Stars attempts a shot against the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1998 NBA All-Star game played February 14, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Western Conference All-Stars takes the ball to the basket against Ray Allen #34 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 2000 NBA All-Star Game played at The Arena in Oakland on February 13, 2000 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
10 Feb. 2001: Elton Brand #42 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket for a dunk during the 2002 NBA All Star Game at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadingand/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit:Nanthaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
Western Conference All-Star, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dunks the ball as Eastern Conference All-Star, Indiana Pacers Jermaine O'Neal defends during their NBA All-Star game at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, February 10, 2002. REUTERS/Joe Giza JP/ME
Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers and the NBA All-Star East Squad (R) moves the ball against Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks of the West Squad in the 52nd annual NBA All-Star game played in Atlanta, February 9, 2003. The West beat the East in two overtimes, 155-145. REUTERS/Marc Serota GAC
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference dunks during the first period of the 2004 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 15, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Blake RG/JDP
Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics (R) shoots over Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of the 54th NBA All-Star Game in Denver, February 20, 2005. REUTERS/John Gress JM
Eastern Conference forward Rasheed Wallace (R) fouls Western Conference forward Elton Brand (L) during second half action at the 55th NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas February 19, 2006. The East defeated the West 122-120. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal (R) dunks over Amare Stoudemire during the 2007 NBA All-Star basketball game in Las Vegas February 18, 2007 REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/Pool (UNITED STATES)
All-Stars LeBron James (R) and Carmelo Anthony joke during the 2007 NBA All-Star basketball game in Las Vegas February 18, 2007 REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James dunks over Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki during the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Louisiana February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gay/Pool (UNITED STATES)
Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (R) goes up for a basket over Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (L) in the third quarter of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Phoenix, Arizona, February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (L) and Phoenix Suns' Shaquille O'Neal (R) sit on the bench in the second quarter of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Phoenix, Arizona, February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
East All-Star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) drives to the basket between West All-Stars Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (41) and Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns (R) during the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jed Jacobsohn/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors reacts after being fouled during the fourth quarter of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
West All Star Kevin Love (L) of the Minnesota Timberwolves and East All Star Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks watch the ball during the NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L) battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter of the NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Florida, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
East All-Star Carmelo Anthony (R) of the New York Knicks drives to the basket as West All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Florida, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (3) goes to the basket past All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) during the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston, Texas, February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Ronald Martinez (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks, forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and forward Chris Bosh (1) of the Miami Heat talk before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference Kyrie Irving guard (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles away from Western Conference forward Kevin Love (42) of the Minnesota Timberwolves Western Conference forward Blake Griffin (32) of the Los Angeles Clippers and Western Conference guard James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) shoots the basketball against Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) during the second quarter of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Western Conference forward Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (24) shoots over Eastern Conference player Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of the NBA All Star Game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Feb 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Western Conference forward Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (24) reacts in the second half during the NBA All Star Game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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