20. Desmond Mason
Mason didn’t have as productive of a career as the Supersonics hoped he would when they took him with the 17th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, but his Slam Dunk Contest battles with fellow high flyer Jason Richardson will forever be etched in All-Star Weekend history. Known as more of a power dunker, Mason typically used the two-foot lift off approach and attacked the rim ferociously with his strong 225-pound frame.
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19. Dwight Howard
It feels like an eternity ago, but once upon a time Dwight Howard was regarded as one of the most prolific dunkers in the league. The 2008 Slam Dunk champ caught everything thrown around the rim, and would finish lobs with tremendous force. He was able to show his creative side through his multiple Dunk Contest appearances, but the majority of damage done in-game was sheer power dunks. With numerous injuries constantly ailing the big man, he plays a more below-the-rim style today, but can still finish with authority when given space.
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18. Nate Robinson
The first and only three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion, “Krypto-Nate” is one of the most exciting contestants in the history of the competition. Standing at 5-foot-9, Robinson used superhuman leaping ability to do things we’ve never seen from someone his height (except for maybe a certain somebody that may or may not appear later on this list). Factoring in Robinson’s innate height disadvantage, it made everything he did that much more spectacular. A talented player that could have made it professionally in a half dozen other sports, Nate Robinson was a rare and unique athlete that deserves everything he’s earned.
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17. Tracy McGrady
A star throughout the better part of the 2000’s, McGrady is often better remembered for his scoring and playmaking ability than his dunking. The Sleepy-Eyed Assassin was a great all-around player, but he played above the rim with the best of them (just ask Shawn Bradley). McGrady’s length and demeanor made him an unassuming dunker and enabled him to throw down some nasty finishes on helpless big men.
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