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Throwback Thursday: Classic Slam Dunk Contests

Take a look back at some of the greatest Dunk Contests ever

POSTED: Feb 11, 2016 8:53 AM ET

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Through The Years: Slam Dunk Contest

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on NBA.com and NBA TV.

Each week, we'll delve into the NBA's photo archives to uncover great images from way back when and NBA TV will air the best games related to our topic for that week.

Classic Slam Dunk Contests

Today on Throwback Thursday, we get set for All-Star 2016 in Toronto with a look back at some of the very best Slam Dunk Contests ever.

This year's Verizon Slam Dunk contest features high fliers Zach LaVine (the reigning champion from 2015), Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Andre Drummond. But before these skywalkers take the big stage in Toronto on Saturday night, we thought it appropriate to look back at the history of the Slam Dunk Contest.

The first Slam Dunk Contest was held in 1984 with Larry Nance of the Phoenix Suns surprising the field and claiming the trophy. Since then, many epic jams and showdowns have taken place and we're here to document the best of them with our weekly photo gallery below.

Through The Years: Slam Dunk Contest

And, on NBA TV today, there's a day-long celebration of Slam Dunk Contests past with our Dunk-A-Thon.

Relive these Dunk Contests on NBA TV today

  • 10 a.m. ET -- 1976 ABA & 1984 NBA Dunk Contests -- Julius Erving takes home the ABA crown while Larry Nance of the Suns wins in 1984.
  • 10:30 a.m. ET -- 1985 Slam Dunk Contest -- Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins compete in the finals in Indianapolis.
  • 11 a.m. ET -- 1986 Slam Dunk Contest -- Hawks G Spud Webb and Hawks F Dominique Wilkins compete in the finals.
  • 11:30 a.m. ET -- 1987 Slam Dunk Contest -- Bulls G Michael Jordan and Trail Blazers F Jerome Kersey compete in the finals.
  • Noon ET -- 1988 Slam Dunk Contest -- Bulls G Michael Jordan and Hawks F Dominique Wilkins compete in the finals.
  • 12:30 p.m. ET -- 1989 Slam Dunk Contest --Knicks G Kenny Walker and Trail Blazers G Clyde Drexler compete in the finals.
  • 1 p.m. ET -- 1990 Slam Dunk Contest -- Hawks F Dominique Wilkins and Kings G Kenny Smith compete in the finals.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET -- 1991 Slam Dunk Contest -- Celtics G Dee Brown and SuperSonics F Shawn Kemp compete in the finals.
  • 2 p.m. ET -- 1992 Slam Dunk Contest -- Suns F Cedric Ceballos and Hornets F Larry Johnson compete in the finals.
  • 2:30 p.m. ET -- 1993 Slam Dunk Contest -- Heat G Harold Miner, 76ers F Clarence Weatherspoon, and Suns F Cedric Ceballos compete in the finals.
  • 3 p.m. ET -- 1994 Slam Dunk Contest -- Timberwolves G Isaiah Rider, Nuggets G Robert Pack, and SuperSonics F Shawn Kemp compete in the finals.
  • 3:30 p.m. ET -- 1995 Slam Dunk Contest -- Heat G Harold Miner, Timberwolves G Isaiah Rider, and Jazz G Jamie Watson compete in the finals.
  • 4 p.m. ET -- 1996 Slam Dunk Contest -- Clippers G Brent Barry, Suns G Michael Finley, and Celtics G Greg Minor compete in the finals.
  • 4:30 p.m. ET -- 1997 Slam Dunk Contest -- Lakers G Kobe Bryant, Timberwolves G Chris Carr, and Mavericks G Michael Finley compete in the finals.
  • 5 p.m. ET -- 2000 Slam Dunk Contest -- Raptors guards Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady and Rockets G Steve Francis compete in the finals.
  • 5:30 p.m. ET -- 2001 Slam Dunk Contest -- SuperSonics G Desmond Mason, Jazz G DeShawn Stevenson, and Hornets G Baron Davis compete in the finals.
  • 6 p.m. ET -- 2002 Slam Dunk Contest -- Warriors G Jason Richardson and Kings F Gerald Wallace compete in the finals.
  • 7 p.m. ET -- 2003 Slam Dunk Contest -- Warriors G Jason Richardson and SuperSonics G Desmond Mason compete in the finals.
  • 7:30 p.m. ET -- 2004 Slam Dunk Contest -- Pacers G Fred Jones and Warriors G Jason Richardson compete in the finals.
  • 8 p.m. ET -- 2005 Slam Dunk Contest -- Hawks F Josh Smith and Suns F Amar'e Stoudemire compete in the finals.
  • 8:30 p.m. ET -- 2006 Slam Dunk Contest -- Knicks G Nate Robinson and 76ers F Andre Iguodala compete in the finals.
  • 9 p.m. ET -- 2007 Slam Dunk Contest -- The Celtics' Gerald Green and the Knicks' Nate Robinson meet in the finals.
  • 9:30 p.m. ET -- 2008 Slam Dunk Contest -- Orlando's Dwight Howard and Minnesota's Gerald Green meet in the finals.
  • 10 p.m. ET -- 2009 Slam Dunk Contest -- The Knicks' Nate Robinson and the Magic's Dwight Howard square off in the finals.
  • 10:30 p.m. ET -- 2010 Slam Dunk Contest -- The Knicks' Nate Robinson and the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan compete in the square off in the finals.
  • 11 p.m. ET -- 2011 Slam Dunk Contest -- The Clippers' Blake Griffin dunked over a car to defeat the Wizards' Javale McGee in the finals.
  • 1 a.m. ET -- 2012 Slam Dunk Contest -- Utah's Jeremy Evans faced Minnesota's Chase Budinger in the finals.
  • 1:30 a.m. ET -- 2013 Slam Dunk Contest -- The Raptors' Terrence Ross faced the Jazz's Jeremy Evans in the final round of the 2013 Dunk Contest.
  • 2 a.m. ET -- 2014 Slam Dunk Contest -- John Wall and "Team East" defeated Ben McLemore and "Team West" in a new Slam Dunk format.
  • 2:30 a.m. ET -- 2015 Slam Dunk Contest -- Zach LaVine became the Slam Dunk, defeating Victor Oladipo of the Magic in the finals by a score of 94-72.

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