Jack Armstrong and Kate Beirness’ Best NBA Slam Dunk Contest Moments
— February 14, 2019
Welcome to the Jam! Basketball’s best players are primed to show off their skills throughout NBA All-Star Weekend, live from Charlotte, N.C. The weekend is highlighted by the fan-favourite 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest, which will posterize viewers with electrifying moves during the 2019 STATE FARMNBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT, airing this Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN.
Since its inception in 1984, the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest has been an iconic, must-see sporting event that basically invented the viral video. Here, RAPTORS ON TSN analyst Jack Armstrong and sideline reporter Kate Beirness share a few of their favourite dunks from years past.
2000 – Vince CarterJack Armstrong: “Carter’s signature moment: the sick 360 slam!”
Kate Beirness: “This goes beyond a single dunk for me… yes, it was something we had never seen before and it was flawless, but on a bigger scale I think it means so much because of what it did for the Raptors franchise. Carter’s entire performance put the franchise on the map.”
2006 – Andre IgoudalaKB: “This was one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen at the competition, and 13 years later I’m still mad he got robbed! This dunk alone should have won it. Not only did he catch the ball behind the backboard, he had to duck so he didn’t hit his head, while spinning at the same time. I’m still in awe to this day!”
1988 – Michael Jordan vs. Dominique WilkinsJA: “The iconic showdown in Chicago Stadium. For Jordan, what an unforgettable moment at home, and then Wilkins showing off amazing hops and explosiveness!”
2004 – Jason RichardsonKB: “J-Rich dunking in his prime was simply the best. It was the first time I remember being in awe since Vince in 2000.”
2016 – Aaron GordonJA: “An incredible display of athleticism! Not to mention it took place north of the border here in Toronto and Stuff the Magic Dragon even got into the act!”
KB: “Humblebrag… I was fortunate enough to see this one live in person and IT WAS AWESOME! It was if Gordon was sitting in the air for a moment in time. I’m sure it’s hard to come up with new and creative dunks after all these years (without gimmicks, which I despise) and this was as unique as it gets! Gordon also got robbed; he should have taken home the title.”
1986 – Spud WebbJA: “Despite being one of the shortest players in the history of the NBA, the little man elevated and took the 1986 title!”
NBA All-Star Weekend tips off on Friday, Feb. 15 with Hollywood’s most sports-savvy stars testing their skills in the NBA ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GAME at 7 p.m. ET on TSN. The celeb game is immediately followed by the next generation of the NBA stars competing in the NBA ALL-STAR RISING STARS GAME, including Canada’s own Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hitting the court for Team World. On Saturday, the NBA’s best throw down during STATE FARMNBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TSN.