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NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: The 4 Guys Who Should Actually Be in It

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: The 4 Guys Who Should Actually Be in It
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Russell Westbrook would bring plenty of hype to the dunk contest.

Remember the clip of Michael Jordan taking off from the free-throw line in the dunk contest?

Or former Atlanta Hawks superstar Dominique Wilkins dazzling fans with his hang time and acrobatic slams?

This was when the dunk contest was at its finest. What made it so special back then?

The dunk contest used to feature the league's pinnacle players, which is exactly what fans want. Fans dream of plopping the world's best players in a gym and asking them to "show off" their hops.  

Nothing against this year's participants (Iman Shumpert, Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, and Paul George), but fans aren't nearly as interested in seeing these players dunk.  

Truthfully, many fans have likely never heard of a couple of this year's participants.

One may argue that certain low-profile players are more talented dunkers than the league's elite, or that the dunk contest allows younger players to gain publicity and broaden the perception of the NBA.  

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but that's not what we actually want to see. Just because a lower-profile guy can dunk blindfolded while spinning doesn't mean we would prefer him over the league's marquee players (unless he's Spud Webb).

Here are the four players who should truly show off in the dunk contest. These guys bring the hype, the fame, the competition and the rim-rattling throwdowns.

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