The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest has delivered a lot of iconic basketball moments. From Michael Jordan's free-throw line dunk to Vinsanity's reverse-360 jam, the rim-rattling contest is one of the major highlights of the All-Star Weekend.
On Sunday, February 14 (Manila time), reigning Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will defend his title. While many of us will be celebrating Valentine's, others will have their eyes glued on his aerial exploits.
While Zach's ability to throw down mind-boggling dunks is unquestioned, winning this year's 2016 Verizon NBA Slam Dunk crown won't be a walk in the park for him. He'll be facing stiff competition in fellow elite dunkers Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons, the Denver Nuggets' shooting guard Will Barton, and the Orlando Magic's small forward Aaron Gordon.
To give you a glimpse of how these high-flying gentlemen will entertain us come Sunday, we compiled their best dunks of the season so far. Watch and don't forget to pick you jaw from the floor afterwards.
Zach Lavine, Minnesota Timberwolves
The 20-year-old high-flyer is destined to dunk. Some basketball fans have even dubbed him as the second-coming of Vince Carter, arguably the game's best dunker ever. Coming into Sunday's contest, LaVine is expected to put on a show, just like what he did during last year's competition.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets
Aside from posterizing opponents on a weekly basis, the Nuggets' super sub is building a strong case for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He's averaging 15 points and grabbing six boards a game, making him one of the primary offensive weapons for the Mile High squad.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
The big man from Detroit will have his hands full this weekend. Before suiting up for his All-Star Game debut, Dre will face three of the best dunkers in the league right now. He has the advantage in power though, a few thunderous jams might just help him pull off an upset.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Gordon is the dark horse of the contest. In some days, he reminds us of a young Blake Griffin. The athleticism, elevation, and tenacity—all these elements are present whenever Gordon soars for a Sports Center-worthy jam. What can bring him closer to BG's superstar status? Winning a slam dunk title.