One of the highlights of NBA All-Star weekend is indubitably the Slam Dunk Contest. The stunning, innovative aerial display continues to captivate basketball fans annually, and this year's field is loaded with talent.
The competition has been criticized for a lack of star presence in recent years, but that gives some of the game's most sensational athletes a golden opportunity to showcase their abilities with millions of people watching eagerly.
Although the NBA has done a great job compiling some great footage for some of the candidates, it's also worth looking at some of the individual highlights that may have fallen through the cracks.
The following is a look at what makes each of these six contestants so special, and why they will shine in their unique, respective ways on Saturday in the Toyota Center.