Special and amazing can’t happen all the time, especially in NBA Slam Dunk Contests. More often, we're blessed with supreme dunk contest fails.
For every Vince Carter 360 windmill, there is a Darrell Armstrong dunk-turned-layup. For each Jason Richardson between-the-legs hammer, there is a blatant miss by a blinded Baron Davis.
Enjoy this collection of the not-so-great efforts in the league’s made-for-YouTube showcase.
Tim Perry's body language looks like a guy showing up for a 5 a.m. workout after New Year's.
Someone should have told the guy that the dunk contest is supposed to be fun.
I don't think the Philadelphia 76ers leaper ever realized he was actually in a dunk contest.
How fair was this wheel spin?
Poor Desmond Mason was given a Dr. J dunk, to be judged by Dr. J.
"Hey Desmond, did you like that play by Shakespeare? Go write one, and he'll evaluate it."
The 2002 wheel-spin gimmick was cruel, and it ended with a run-of-the-mill dunk from Mr. Mason.
I love this move.
How many times have we seen the standard I-can-dunk-but-my-knee-hurts routine?
Tony Dumas struck out, missing three in a row. The Dallas Mavericks' 6'6" wing took some boos and, on his second miss, looked more like a 5'5" JV player trying to reach the rim.
As Larry Hughes played his own game of H-O-R-S-E, Allen Iverson sat, outstretched, laughing at his Philadelphia 76ers teammate.
With a teammate like Iverson, it's no wonder Hughes blossomed into a star player.
Isn't it awkward when you know someone is lying, but you feel bad saying something?
Cedric Ceballos lied to the basketball-viewing public in 1992, and it was so bad that no one could say a thing.
Even the poor announcer had to play along with the celebratory call.
At least Baron Davis was honest.
One of the worst, most confusing dunk contest efforts came in 2001, when a blindfolded Davis completely missed the rim by a full arm's length.
It's unclear whether Davis was joking around with the dunk attempt, but one thing's for sure: His act did not entertain the judges.
His lone attempt has to be the worst final-round performance in history.
Well, here's one "dunk" from 1996 that we could all pull off.
Darrell Armstrong needed a make to continue on in the dunk contest, so he went sixth-grade mode and nailed a cool-looking layup.
That counts, right?
At some point, you have to throw a penalty flag.
How many mulligans does Chris "Birdman" Andersen get? In the 2005 contest, it took him nine attempts for his first dunk and six attempts for his second.
On dunk No. 1, he looks like he's Tim Tebow throwing fade passes into the end zone. On dunk No. 2, he resembles a 10-year-old trying to catch a hot potato while jumping into a swimming pool.
This bird barely got off the ground, and the results were underwhelming to say the least.
Nate Robinson won his first of three dunk contests in 2006, finally putting home one of his slams after 14 consecutive fails.
Credit Robinson's conditioning for pulling it off, but there is nothing fun about watching the string of misses, especially when those misses hit double digits.
This is like watching your friend show you how "good" he is at half-court shots—over and over again.
I couldn't limit this rundown to just the NBA dunk contest. Lithuania knows how to put on a show.
Native son Paulius Parachomikas shows tremendous confidence when he pulls this young woman under the hoop for a signature slam.
Unfortunately, confidence doesn't always translate to success on the hardwood.