The Blake Griffin hype train is in full force right now.
With a month to go before the NBA Slam Dunk contest, Blake Griffin seems to already have everyone’s vote. Griffin has been on a remarkable tear in his rookie season, showing explosiveness and power reminiscent of the greatest power forward dunkers of all-time like Dominique Wilkins.
In fact, Griffin may just have the most power and explosiveness of all-time.
As we prepare for the onslaught that Griffin will unleash in front of his home crowd in Los Angeles on February 19, let’s take a look at 160 of the top dunks in NBA Slam Dunk Contest history year by year.
Side note: Thank you, Kenny Smith for helping make the dunk contest even better with your superior commentating!
And don’t forget to post your vote below for your favorite dunk in NBA history!
54 seconds in, he even hits his head!
1:06 in, didn’t expect that one…
1:47 in, one of the prettiest dunks of the competition.
1:59 in, fantastic dunk.
2:10 in, Dr. J recreates magic!
2:30 in, one of the best dunks of the competition.
2:30 in, a fantastic 360.
3:40 in, with even more power than before.
5:35 in, one of the all-time greatest dunks in history.
6:20 in, a great reverse dunk.
7:10 in, amazing power on the windmill.
20 seconds in, Dr. J hands out two prescriptions.
2:20 in, a brilliant dunk for MJ.
3:25 in, one of the best dunks in NBA history.
6:30 in, a spectacular dunk.
7:20 in, Wilkins clinches the win.
44 seconds in, don’t you wish you could get up like that too!?
1:20 in, you can’t forget about Webb’s size!
1:30 in, the icing on the cake!
1:40 in, “take that, little guy!”
2:00 in, I love the power Webb gets on this one!
2:25 in, Spud Webb with the clincher!
2:42 in, you may not think so, but I do.
1:30 in, a great reverse two-hander from MJ.
4:55 in, such a great dunk.
2:50 in, nobody does it with the same flare as MJ.
3:30 in, Clyde the Glide does it again.
4:22 in, Wilkins displays effortless power on his 360.
6:30 in, Jordan puts down one of the greatest dunks ever.
8:40 in, Smith displays great power on this one-hander.
Jordan already did the dunk in the contest better, but this was still a nice dunk.
Wilkins throws it down with authority 1:10 in.
2:10 in, no explanation needed.
5:45 in, Wilkins puts down a flawless 360 although he didn’t get a 50.
7:10 in, another fantastic dunk from MJ.
2:00 in, can Wilkins get any higher!?
3:00 in, nothing short of excellence from “His Airness.”
3:50 min, this is how a windmill is supposed to be done.
5:00 in, this is why Jordan is the best of all-time.
6:20 in, this may be my favorite windmill of all-time and the judges don’t reward Wilkins for it.
7:30 in, Jordan wins it all.
45 seconds in, Webb goes up, and up, and up before putting it down.
3:10 in, Jones puts down a nice one.
6:10 in, now that’s a fine, creative one-handed dunk. Gotta love allof the alley-oops.
7:25 in, that’s why he’s Clyde The Glide!
9:05 in, that’s why he’s one of the best in dunk contest history.
The first dunk in the video, as the announcer says, it’s all about flare!
1:55 in, I love this dunk.
4:55 in, Webb goes up and gets this one!
Gotta love the power here, 8:40 into the video.
5:35 in. Please put your eyes back in your head.
30 seconds in, Chapman puts down a creative and smooth dunk.
40 seconds in, Robin (Pippen) shows everyone he can do what Batman (Jordan) can do.
1:00 into the video, Wilkins shows us why he’s the master of the windmill.
At 1:08, Thompson says one ball just isn’t enough sometimes…
2:00 in, Kemp puts down a nice dunk.
2:10 in, where did that come from!? What a dunk.
2:20 in… Whoa. Just whoa.
Beautiful dunk 2:30 into the video.
2:42 in, Wilkins shows why the windmill is his premier dunk.
“The Jet” shows his creativity in the first dunk of the video.
1:20 into the video, Chapman displays great creativity and power.
2:00 into the video, Brown’s windmill is great for someone his size.
2:11 into the video, Chapman once again throws it down with creativity and power.
2:35 in, Kemp ups the creativity and the power.
Now that’s a dunk 3:12 into the video.
3:21 into the video, can Brown get the ball any lower!?
3:35 in, Kemp throws it down after grabbing the ball out of bounds behind the hoop.
4:06 in, the explosive dunker shows he can also soar through the air.
One of the all-time great dunks.
At 4:30 in this video, Larry Johnson makes things look way too easy.
At 8:45 of the video, even the commentators agree the fans have become too spoiled by not giving West the reaction he deserved for such a pretty dunk.
At 4:15, this was a great dunk.
Fantastic dunk with great power at 3:50.
At 5:15, this is an awesome dunk.
This may have been LJ’s best dunk of the night.
At 7:15, Starks makes a great dunk considering his size.
At 9:40, Ceballos does something never done before.
Grandmama does it all in this dunk.
At 8:30, Ceballos clinches the win.
Cedric Ceballos pulls out all the stops on his final dunk.
20 seconds into the video, Kenny Smith shows us how it’s done.
At :32 seconds in, Miner shows us how low he can go and comes back up with supreme power.
Excellent windmill from Clarence at 2:20.
3:15 seconds into the video, Miner switches up the windmill by going lefty.
Just for kicks, Miner adds a degree of difficulty to his left-handed windmill to seal the victory at 3:25 of the video.
Puts it down with power off the backboard.
Just for laughs at :50 of the video.
At 1:00 of the video, Rider goes up and gets this alley-oop at its highest point.
At 1:15, gotta love that beauty of a dunk.
At 1:38, Kemp spices things up.
At 1:50, Rider makes history. One of my favorite dunks of all-time.
Personally, I was always a fan of off-the-backboard alley’s. Plus Miner catches it with one hand at 50 seconds in.
Rider goes up and gets this one at 2:10 of the video.
Best dunk of the ‘95 competition at 2:55 of the video.
This was great.
His first dunk in this video is very nice.
At 1:30 of the video, Minor puts this one down.
At 2:00 of the video, Finley throws down his best dunk of the competition.
Didn’t get the reaction it deserved at 6:00 of the video.
Bryant’s first dunk of the contest is a nice one at 8:00 of the video.
Finley’s windmill at 2:25 of the video is a solid one.
Bryant’s first dunk of the video at 4:33 is explosive and he knows it.
Tracy McGrady’s first dunk in this video is just nice.
Francis’ first dunk in this video shows him soar through the air.
Yeah, Shaq’s reaction says it all. Feel free to pick your jaw up from off the floor, please.
Great windmill dunk.
Francis reaches back to get this one and still throws it down.
Yeah, that just happened.
Unreal. It’s over.
McGrady’s gorgeous dunk at 9:20 of the video.
Carter’s first dunk of the video. It’s not insanity. It’s VINCEanity.
Francis’ dunk at 3:00, as Kenny says, is not here due to sympathy.
Carter had the entire crowd in the palm of his hands on his final dunk of the video and the contest.
The first dunk in this video displays great elevation.
Mason’s first dunk in the video shows what type of spring he has considering where he jumps from.
Davis has the help from his teammate, camera prop and a nice one-handed slam.
Reminiscent of MJ, Mason puts this one down in his third dunk of the video.
His final dunk of the video to seal the win. There’s just something about the windmill.
Wallace had to emulate Dr. J and he did a fine job.
His dunk at 1:27 in the video displays great power.
J-Rich brought the rain, the thunder and the lightning.
Richardson’s final dunk in this video is electric.
Richardson’s first dunk in the video. J-Rich elevates and throws it down with so much power. A thing of beauty.
"He’s got the flu!"
Mason’s final dunk in this video.
Maybe it’s just me, but I like it. Goes up and gets it, catches it with one hand and puts it down with power. Overrated by the judges that year though.
Richardson’s first dunk in this video. So fluid.
An all-time great dunk.
Jones’ third dunk in this video. Acrobatic dunk.
Fantastic power. And Josh soars through the air so smoothly. What a dunk.
Better for Nash’s assist, but an amazing moment.
Josh pays homage to ‘Nique with this jaw-dropping windmill. Smith knew how to get the crowd going with the jersey too.
Again, Nash is the star in this, but it’s still fun to see.
His final dunk of the night (and the video) was as fluid and impressive as the rest. Smith put on a top 10 performance in dunk contest history in 2005.
Paying homage. Love it.
Both of the last two dunks in the video. Iguodala increases the degree of difficulty of the dunk.
Underrated dunk from Nate. He just soars during this one.
One of the most underrated dunks of all-time.
A nice throwback tribute, plus he does it over Nate Robinson. Love the showmanship with the shoes and jersey. Like Kenny says, “you gotta sell your dunks!”
Easily one of my favorite dunks of all time.
Everything about this moment is all-time epic.
Sir Charles is right, we are too spoiled… I still get hyped for the between the legs dunk.
Oh, the authority… Love the creativity from DH12 the entire dunk contest.
Fantastic timing on a double bounce.
Judges gave it a 50. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But it was a nice dunk from “Superman.”
Although it took a while, the degree of difficulty on this dunk is extremely high so it was still nice when he finally made it.
It may have been too easy, but it’s still impressive.
Nate pulled out all of the theatrics with the green kryptonite jersey and basketball before leaping over “Superman” Dwight Howard.
Gotta love the creativity, showmanship and sportsmanship all around to entertain the fans.
The announcer’s didn’t care for it, but I thought the timing was great and the one hand was a nice touch.
“Wake me up, young man!”
First ever three-time Slam Dunk Champion.