Watch the all-time best Dunk Contest throw-downs

The NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest has gotten better in recent years, but it used to be awesome, featuring not just All-Stars but superstars.

Way back before the All-Star event was filled with 11th men and no-name rookies, the most athletic stars in the NBA used to actually compete, and it was righteous.

Here is a rundown of the best individual dunks in the contest’s history. (Spoiler alert: There are none from the past five years.)

This is the dunk. When I hear the phrase “slam dunk,” it’s Vince Carter dangling on the rim like it’s his squaredance partner that immediately comes to mind. This is just an ultimate display of physical skill and creativty. Who thinks to do that?

There are plenty of things people can criticize Dwight Howard for, but creativity isn’t one of them. In 2009, Howard took advantage of the “getting props approved” rule, bringing in a 12-foot rim, Superman cape and phonebooth for him to change from Clark Kent to the Man of Steel. He makes leaping to the insanely high basket look like a cakewalk, only leaving a desire for him to have gone even higher.

Booker scored 31 points with 10 assists before leaving the game in obvious pain. He will reportedly have X-rays on his ribs and hip areas to determine the exact injury.

Booker now has 16 games with at least 30 points this season, but the Suns are only 8-8 in those games. After being snubbed from this year’s All-Star game, Booker moved to point guard, leading the Suns’ young offensive attack. A natural shooter, Booker has dealt with the switch well, but the Suns are just 3-9 this month.

You can choose to lock lineups either on a weekly basis or on a daily basis. If you choose the weekly setting, your lineups for the week have to be in before the first game on Monday, and this is a good setting if the managers in your league don’t have a lot of time to spend obsessing about their teams throughout the week. It’s a more casual setting. The more hard-core baseball fan typically prefers a daily setting, which requires attention pretty much every day of the MLB calendar. lions_085

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