Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has established himself firmly into the graces of many as being the greatest player to play the game. One of Jordan‘s tantalizing qualities was the way he threw dunks down with ease. That saw him win a pair of Slam Dunk Contest during his time in the league. Beyond his opinion on which players genuinely catch his attention on the basketball court, Jordan‘s perspective on the greatest dunks in Slam Dunk Contest history is certainly something worth noting. With that in mind, he has pinpointed one that rises above the rest, and it’s not one of his own.
Michael Jordan’s Slam Dunk Contest history
Throughout his illustrious career, Jordan accomplished a litany of things on the court. Beyond the more prestigious honors such as being a six-time NBA champion and five-time league MVP, he has a pair of Slam Dunk Contest awards to his name.
Jordan participated in the event three times in his career but won in his final two appearances in 1987 and 1988. The latter is still held in regards to being the greatest showing at the event in league history. There are still many that believe that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins got robbed for points on his final attempt, but it opened the door for Jordan to throw down his iconic free-throw line dunk.
That made him the first-ever two-time winner of the event while also increasing his popularity and status as one of the game’s greatest dunkers. Throughout his career, Jordan threw down some impressive dunks both in competition and during games. All of that has drawn more intriguing towards what he believes is the greatest throwdown that he has seen Slam Dunk Contest history.
Michael Jordan’s choice
Over his three times in the competition, Jordan had plenty of memorable attempts of his own ranging from his rock-the-baby slam to his iconic free-throw line dunk.
However, his favorite throwdown from the competition turns out it wasn’t one of his own but rather one that Vince Carter had in 2000, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
“The most amazing dunk I have ever seen is probably Vince Carter when he hung his elbow in the rim,” Jordan said. “To me that was, without question, just unbelievable.”
The intriguing thing about Jordan’s choice is that it’s not even the dunk that is held in the highest regard from that Slam Dunk Contest. Carter threw down some impressive slams in that event was highlighted by a reverse 360 one-handed jam and a between-the-legs dunk off a bounce pass.
The fact that Jordan is still in awe of that moment speaks to how incredible it was when Carter threw it down. That was the first time that many had seen that type of dunk, which has further engrained it in Slam Dunk Contest history.
Will another superstar participate in the Slam Dunk Contest
What Jordan’s comments also point out is there isn’t that same star power in the event as it had in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. There are not many superstars putting their name in the hat for the event over the years.
It saw the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade elect to pass on participating in their respective careers. That’s something that Jordan appears to believe won’t ever truly change.
“What we did in the game and excitement that we created when we did dunk,” Jordan said. “People wanted to see that. Is it the same today? Maybe not.”
Ultimately, only time will tell if that trend will break towards bringing back the event to what it used to be loaded with stars.