Michael Jordan is undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball players to ever walk the court, if not the best. In 1984, Jordan was selected 3rd overall draft pick and become an instant fan favorite with his incredible athletic abilities on both sides of the ball. Over the course of his career he would go on to earn five most valuable player awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, and be inducted twice into the NBA Hall of Fame (just to name a few). In 1985 Jordan would get his first shot at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and spark one of the greatest rivalries of all time between himself and Dominique Wilkins. Let's take a look at how it all went down...
1985 is widely heralded as one of the greatest dunk contests of all time due to the intense competition throughout the field and dunks that had never been seen before. Both Jordan and Wilkins would throw down performances sub par to none. Jordan shook the world with his reverse one handed windmill dunk that he finished by slamming it down while his head was above the rim. This dunk would earn him a perfect scores and go down as two of the most memorable moments in NBA history. Despite Jordan's efforts, Wilkins would win the competition following his flawless performance in the final round.
In 1988 Jordan and Wilkins would once again square off to give fans another dose of the coveted dunk rivalry. Following 1986 when Jordan sat out due to injury and Wilkins not participating in 1987, this year was highly anticipated. Jordan, coming off a victory in the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest was on a mission to once again claim the title. The two would battle it out till the very end and both throw down near perfect performances. WIlkens put down two perfect scores in the first round and a thunderous windmill dunk in the final but was only awards a (controversial) score of 45 out of 50 for this spectacular dunk . This left the door wide open for Jordan who would go on to take the crown by earning a score of 50 after nailing a dunk where he took off from the free throw line.
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