With the announcement that Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall would all be throwing their hats—and best basketball acrobatics—into the ring for the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA’s All-Star Weekend highlight reel has something it hasn’t had in an eternity: a full trio of certified stars.
It’s not that the contest has been completely devoid of death-defying heroics in recent years. Terrence Ross, Nate Robinson, Gerald Green were all great dunkers with reels of highlights to their credit.
But seldom has there been this much star power recently. These three players are powerful, athletic and creative.
With that, let’s take a look at the best dunks to date from each of this year’s participants. To prove we’re not playing favorites or attempting to sway the vote—I’m going to do that anyway, you guys—we’ll review them in alphabetical order.