By now everyone already knows that the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam-Dunk Contest, taking place on February 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will be featuring Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka and Brandon Jennings.
However, the news of this lineup upset many NBA fans, since after weeks of speculation, it was revealed that once again LeBron James will not be competing.
Furthermore, LeBron's absence raises the question of whether or not he will ever participate in a dunk contest.
If he does not, he will look to join a short, but elite list of spectacular dunkers who never took part in any such competitions.
The following is a chronological list of some of these players—all of whom proved to be among the best dunkers of their day.
And whether it was because they played prior to the Slam-Dunk Contest's inception in 1984 or because they simply chose never to enter, they all left us wondering, "What if?"