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Ranking the 50 Greatest Dunks in NBA Slam Dunk Contest History
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A highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. Ever since 1984 (with the exception of 1998 and 1999), the league has called together some of the game's best inside men, as well as some of its best athletes, to compete in this event. In it, the players exhibit dunks that they normally would be unable to showcase in an actual game.

Judges score each dunk individually, and at the end of two or three rounds, a winner is crowned. In recent years, these flamboyant slams have been done by the likes of Orlando Magic center Dwight "Superman" Howard (pictured).

Long story short, the Slam Dunk Contest is fun for us fans because it gets the adrenaline pumping with electrifying moves we thought only existed on the playground. The dunks fire everyone up and provide a fun escape from the competitive spirit.

That being said, let's honor this contest by recognizing the 50 best dunks in its 27-year history.

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