2008 NBA All-Star Game
Dwight Howard Wins Dunk Contest
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Dwight Howard -- super slam dunk champion. A red cape trailing behind him, Orlando's man of steel made like Superman and won perhaps the best dunk contest, definitely the most creative, in NBA history to close a memorable All-Star Saturday. Using a variety of props as well as teammate Jameer Nelson, Howard scored perfect 50s from judges on his first two dunks before the contest was turned over to fan voting for the first time in the final round.
Fans, too, picked the 6-foot-11 Howard, who dispelled an old dunking myth: Big men can fly high. In any other year, Minnesota's Gerald Green would have easily walked away with his second straight dunking crown, but he was upstaged by the amazingly athletic Howard, whose performance has to rank up there with anything Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter or even tiny Spud Webb ever did above the basket. The dunk contest, bland for so many years as the game's high risers seemed to run out of ideas, was freshened up by some of the most creative aerial assaults in memory. READ MORE
HOWARD HELPS EAST TO ALL-STAR VICTORY
Magic center Dwight Howard started in his first All-Star game and didn't disappoint with his performance, scoring 16 points, with nine rebounds and three steals as the Eastern Conference defeated the West All-Stars, 134-128. READ MORE
MAGIC ALL-STAR APPEARANCES
Here's a look back at previous All-Star performances by Magic representatives.
Grant Hill - 2005
Dwight Howard had an impressive showing in his All-Star Game debut, finishing with a double-double by scoring 20 points and adding 12 rebounds - despite the East squad's lopsided loss to the West. On Saturday, Howard did not win the Slam Dunk Contest, but walked away with the most memorable dunk by slapping a sticker near the top of the backboard as part of a very creative one-handed jam.
Grant Hill - 2005
Grant Hill added to his NBA feel-good story of the year by winning over fans across the world and being selected as a starter in the 2005 NBA All-Star game. In his first appearance in the contest since the 2000 season (he was selected a starter in 2001 but was unable to appear due to an injury), Hill hit 3-of-6 shots and ended with six points, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes for the East’s victory. Hill capped of his comeback year by winning the NBA Sportsmanship Award and finishing the season second the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. 2005 All-Star Photo Gallery
Tracy McGrady - 2004
In his last All-Star performance for the Orlando Magic, McGrady started for the second consecutive season in another closely contested contest between the best from the East and the West. He played 23 minutes, making 5-for-11 field goal attempts and finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. McGrady ended the season with averages of 28.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
Tracy McGrady - 2003
McGrady was once again voted as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2003 NBA All-Star game, where he made the most of his 36 minutes of action, making 10-of-17 shots from the field for 29 points and pulling in five rebounds in helping lead the East to a 10-point victory over their Western Conference All-Star counterparts. McGrady wasn’t done at the All-Star break, as he went on to win the NBA scoring title with his 32.1 points per game average for the season.
Tracy McGrady - 2004
Tracy McGrady’s team-high 24 points in the 2002 NBA All-Star game doesn’t even come close to being as memorable as his dunk in the second quarter that fellow All-Star Michael Jordan described as ‘truly a great thing to see.’ McGrady drove on Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki, lobbed the ball off the glass, caught it and slammed it home in one of the most memorable dunks of the All-Star game’s history. T-Mac finished the season in equally impressive style, averaging 25.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Magic.
Tracy McGrady - 2001
In his first season as a member of the Orlando Magic, Tracy McGrady solidified himself as one of the NBA’s finest, averaging 26.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists en route to being selected as a starter in the 2001 NBA All-Star game. McGrady played a key role in the East’s one-point victory despite scoring only two points and taking just four shots during the game. Down by 21 in the fourth quarter, McGrady’s lone two made field goal came on a putback with 3:10 left in the game that capped the East’s comeback and tied the game.
Grant Hill - 2001
Despite playing in only four games for Orlando due to a broken medial malleolus in his left ankle, Hill was voted a starter in the 2001 All-Star game. The six-time selection had to sit out of the festivities due to his season-ending injury.
Anfernee Hardaway - 1996
Hardaway hobbled through another injury-shorted season, as a left knee injury limited him to seeing action in just 19 games during the 1997-98 season. Over the course of those 19 contests, he averaged 16.4 points and shot a career-low .377 over 32.9 minutes per game. The four-time All-Star underwent surgery on Dec. 10, 1997 to repair torn cartilage to his left knee and returned to action on Jan. 29 before playing his final game of the season on Feb. 13, 1998. Despite the injury, Hardaway was voted to start in NBA All-Star Game, where he had six points and three assists in 12 minutes at New York.
Anfernee Hardaway - 1997
Depsite being hobbled by a nagging knee injury all season, Hardaway played and started in 59 games for Orlando, leading the team in points and assists with averages of 20.5 and 5.6 respectively. Although he missed 23 games during the first half of the season, he was selected as a starter for the East for the third consecutive year, pouring in 19 points and seven rebounds in the mid-season classic in Cleveland.
Anfernee Hardaway - 1996
Hardaway earned All-NBA First Team honors for the second consecutive season after starting all 82 games and averaging a career-high 21.7 points with 7.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds over 36.8 minutes of action during the season. The NBA Player of Month for November also made his second straight All-Star Game start, where he scored 18 points with seven assists at San Antonio to help secure the win for the Eastern Conference.
Shaquille O'Neal - 1995
In his last All-Star appearance as a member of the Orlando Magic, O’Neal, along with Michael Jordan, carried the Eastern Conference to an easy win over the West. Shaq finished the route with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, narrowly missing the MVP award that went to Jordan by a vote of 4-3. O’Neal missed the team’s first 22 games of the season with a broken thumb, but he rebounded to lead the squad in scoring with 26.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game during the year.
Anfernee Hardaway - 1995
Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway had his breakout season during the 1994-95 campaign, being selected as an All-NBA First-Team member while helping the Magic win the Eastern Conference title and advance to the NBA Finals. He also made the first of his four NBA All-Star appearances, getting the starting nod in the backcourt with Reggie Miller. Hardaway finished the game 4-for-9 from the field with 12 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. He finished the season averaging a career-high 21.7 points with 7.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds over 36.8 minutes while starting all 82 regular-season game for Orlando.
Shaquille O’Neal - 1995
O’Neal appeared and started in 79 games for Orlando, tallying 26.6 points (.573 FG%, .487 FT%), 11.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.13 blocks in 36.0 minutes of action per game. He dominated early on, earning NBA Player of the Month honors for the month of November and was named to his third NBA All-Star team later during the season. Starting at center, O’Neal was the only person on the Eastern Conference All-Stars to score more than 12 points during the game, pouring in 22 to go along with seven boards.
Shaquille O’Neal - 1994
O’Neal was selected an Eastern Conference starter for the NBA All-Star game for the second consecutive year as a member of the Orlando Magic during the 1993-94 season. Despite a poor shooting performance (2-for-12 FG), O’Neal played 26 minutes and finished the contest with two points shy of a double-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. He went on to start in all 81 games that he appeared in during the season, averaging 29.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.85 blocks per game.
Shaquille O’Neal - 1993
Shaquille O’Neal got his NBA career off to the right start, starting 81 games for the Magic while averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.53 blocks and 1.9 assists per game en route to NBA Rookie of the Year honors. Those numbers led O’Neal to being selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference at the 1993 All-Star game in Salt Lake City. O’Neal played 25 minutes in the middle for the East, hitting 4-for-9 from the field and 6-for-9 from the charity stripe for 14 points while bringing in seven rebounds as the Magic’s first player ever selected to the All-Star team.
2008 – Dwight Howard
2007 – Dwight Howard
2005 – Grant Hill
2004 – Tracy McGrady
2003 – Tracy McGrady
2002 – Tracy McGrady
2001 - Tracy McGrady
2001 - Grant Hill (out with injury)
1998 - Anfernee Hardaway
1997 - Anfernee Hardaway
1996 - Anfernee Hardaway
1996 - Shaquille O'Neal
1995 - Anfernee Hardaway
1995 - Shaquille O'Neal
1995 - Brian Hill (Head Coach)
1995 - Richie Adubato (Asst. Coach)
1995 - Tree Rollins (Asst. Coach)
1995 - Tom Sterner (Asst. Coach)
1994 - Shaquille O'Neal
1993 - Shaquille O'Neal
2006 – Dwight Howard
2006 – Jameer Nelson (out with injury)
2005 – Dwight Howard
2002 – Mike Miller
2001 – Mike Miller
1994 – Anfernee Hardaway (MVP)
2007 – Dwight Howard (Slam Dunk Contest)
2003 – Pat Garrity (Long Distance Shootout)
2002 – Mike Miller (Long Distance Shootout)
2001 – Tracy McGrady (2ball with Nykesha Sales of Orlando Miracle)
2001 – Pat Garrity (Long Distance Shootout)
1996 – Darrell Armstrong (Slam Dunk Contest)
1995 – Nick Anderson (Long Distance Shootout)
1992 – Nick Anderson (Slam Dunk Contest)
1991 – Dennis Scott (Long Distance Shootout)
1991 – Otis Smith (Slam Dunk Contest)