NBA All-Star Game 2012: Top 5 Dunk Contests of All Time

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NBA All-Star Game 2012: Top 5 Dunk Contests of All Time
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We all know that the NBA's All-Star Weekend has seen its better days. People aren't captivated anymore by the lackluster Skills Competition, the repetitious Three-Point Contest or the much-maligned Slam Dunk Contest.

Given the dunk contest's lack of star power in recent years (with the exception of Blake Griffin), the NBA is desperate for a slam-dunk revival—one that would help expand the popularity of a league that is constantly competing with Major League Baseball and the National Football League for viewers.

With names like Chase Budinger, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Williams and Paul George competing in this year's contest, it's easy to see why the casual viewer has lost interest in this previously hyped event.

So while the Slam Dunk Contest may be past its prime, we can still look back at the days when it flourished. 

Here are five of the best dunk contests of all time.

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