Suns Legends Dunk Contest: Nance or Ceballos?
Posted: Nov. 21, 2011
With our intern surfing YouTube all day anyway, we decided to put him to work and find some of the best forgotten dunks in Suns history. So in yet another matchup of our "Suns Legends Dunk Contest," we're going to pit dunk contest slams from Larry Nance and Cedric Ceballos against each other. Check out their respective jams and tell us which one you liked best.|
Few people remember that the first player to win an NBA Slam Dunk Contest was a Sun. In 1984, Phoenix's Larry Nance outdunked the "Doctor of Dunks," the Sixers' Julius Erving, in the dunk contest finals with a littany of acrobatic jams.
Watching Nance's slams makes you want to hop into the "Hot Tub Time Machine" and back to a day that celebrated gold chains, booty-hugging shorts and no "air" in the soles of sneakers. It was the 1980s, a time when players utilized one-legged dunks in the competitions, which seems to have become undervalued over time.
But if you look at the aerial artistry displayed by Nance on this dunk, you can't help but to appreciate how difficult this dunk was to complete. Check out this "rock-the-cradle-slam" by Nance to see what we're talking about.
To put it in the proper context, also consider the fact that this dunk was done 27 YEARS ago. To put that in even better context, during the month in which this dunk contest occurred, Michael Jackson broke the record for most Grammy Awards won in a year (8) for his work on Thriller... Thriller.
In the 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Ceballos "blindsided" the competition with his infamous "Hocus Pocus" dunk. If it wasn't the first instance, it was among the first times a player used a prop to add a little flavor to his jam during the dunk contest.
Assisted by Dan Majerle with the application of the blindfold, Ceballos ran almost the full length of the court before slamming it home. In this clip, you could actually see him counting out his steps before proceeding down the runway.
What makes this slam so outstanding is if you actually consider the alternative to him not dunking it. Can you imagine how ridiculous Ceballos would've looked if he would've missed the hoop completely?
Or what if he would've hit his head on the rim or something? Does anyone have the video of Ced's insurance agent having a coronary somewhere?
It could've been ugly. Instead, it was one of the best slam dunk contest moments of all-time.