Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 15
Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com cannot get enough of Nique, and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing the 1986 season.
To get ready for the festivities, Hawks.com is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
February 10, 1990: Dominique wins his second NBA Slam Dunk crown, beating Kenny Smith in the final.
Though Wilkins is a Hall of Famer for many reasons, he didn't get his nickname "The Human Highlight Film" for his ability to finger roll (that would be George Gervin). A ferocious dunker, Wilkins put the NBA's Dunk Contest on the map with his victories and his losses (more on those later).
Wilkins took home his second and final title in the 1990 contest at All-Star Weekend in Miami, besting a field that included such NBA stars as Shawn Kemp and Scottie Pippen. Nique executed seven dunks on the night, never receiving less than 47.9 from the judges.
With the win, Dominique joined Michael Jordan as the only players to win multiple dunk contests, a club that Harold Miner and Jason Richardson would later join as well.
Voice of the Hawks
"I remember Nique saying he was finished with the Slam Dunk thing, especially after many thought he was robbed of the title by some home cooking for Michael Jordan a couple of years earlier in Chicago.
However, always wanting to accommodate the NBA, he decided he would participate that year in Miami. The thing about that contest I remember most is that Nique just went out there and did what he did best. Just dunk baby! Starting it off with the famous Dominique windmill power slam, he never looked back and won easily, even though Billy Thompson of the home town Heat tried several gimmicks like using 2 balls. It was his second official title, although most will admit he also should have won in Chicago and Dallas."