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Innovation and creativity in the NBA All-Star dunk contest

From Spud Webb in the 1980s to Vince Carter in 2000 to Aaron Gordon in the 2010s, these are the most creative, jaw-dropping slams in the history of the Dunk Contest.

Aaron M. Sprecher/Icon SMI/Getty Images These days, Dunk contestants love jumping over upright humans, but Robinson did it first.

Michael Jordan , Julius Erving and others had done the free throw line leap before, but Howard set himself apart by catching the ball in midair before downing it.

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Steve Nash's soccer skills have made two dunk contest appearances.

Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press/AP Photo Not only did Gordon complete this incredible pike dunk over the Orlando Magic mascot, but he also jumped over Stuff while he spun around on a hoverboard.

He's back this year in Chicago, where he'll face off against fellow innovators Gordon and Howard and first-timer Pat Connaughton , who might have something unexpected up his sleeve .


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