The 26 most mesmerizing photos from NBA Slam Dunk contests

  • All-Star weekend has arrived, which means it's time for the NBA's annual slam dunk contest.
  • In years past, the dunk contest has produced some unbelievable and memorable photos of NBA stars getting big air.
  • Take a look back at the most extraordinary photos from past NBA slam dunk contests:

The most mesmerizing NBA Slam Dunk Contest photos
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The most mesmerizing NBA Slam Dunk Contest photos

Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest as a rookie in 2018.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

His acrobatic dunks — combined with his colorful jersey and shoes — made for some stunning photos.

(Bob Donnan/Pool via AP)

Derrick Jones Jr. went between-the-legs during the 2017 dunk contest.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

And the aerial view is absolutely stunning.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)

He also leaped over several teammates during the event.

(Ronald Martinez/Pool via AP)

JaVale McGee upped the ante in 2011, dunking on two different hoops at the same time.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It's hard to forget the time Blake Griffin leaped over a car for the slam that same year.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Here's the shot from above.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Griffin also emulated legendary dunker Vince Carter by throwing his arm in the rim on a massive dunk.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Carter won the 2000 dunk contest with that same move.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport via Getty Images)

He also made going between-the-legs look like second nature.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport via Getty Images)

Gerald Green borrowed the move eight years later.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

But he stunned fans and pundits by recreating Dee Brown's no-look dunk the year prior.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Dwight Howard went full Superman during the 2008 dunk contest. He even wore a cape.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

His Airness rocked the 1988 slam dunk contest with a number of legendary dunks, including this impressive reverse.

(AP Photo/John Swart)

Jason Richardson looks like he could walk on air in 2002.

(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Nate Robinson — a 5-foot-9 point guard for the New York Knicks — stunned viewers with his high-flying dunks during the 2006 dunk contest.

(AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson,Pool)

He somehow managed to get even more bounce the next year.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Here's a shot of him hanging from the rim and catching the rebound from a missed dunk.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

Aaron Gordon has made a splash in multiple NBA dunk contests.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

His ability to go under-the-legs before rocking the rim has mesmerized spectators for years.

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

So when he did it over Stuff the Magic Dragon — the Orlando Magic mascot — at the 2016 dunk contest, it sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

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Jeremy Evans skied over then-teammate Gordon Hayward to win the 2012 dunk contest.

(Photo by Jeff Haynes-Pool/Getty Images)

The following year, he took a handoff from Utah Jazz great Mark Eaton while he jumped over him for the slam.

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Zach LaVine soared through the dark to win the 2015 NBA dunk contest.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Then he came back and won it again the following year.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)


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