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The Complete History of NBA Slam Dunk Champions and the Shoes They Wore

The Complete History of NBA Slam Dunk Champions and the Shoes They Wore

words // Brandon Richard

Four of the NBA's young stars will compete tonight in the 29th Slam Dunk Contest. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach LaVine, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee will square off in a contest that looks to make up for its lack of star power with pure dunking skill.

But no matter who's included in the field, the Dunk Contest is must-see TV every year for a plethora of reasons. Among them is the footwear. Over the last 30 years, we've seen some of the greatest sneakers of all-time take center stage during the most anticipated event of All-Star Weekend. Michael Jordan's 'Cement' Air Jordan IIIs, Kobe Bryant's adidas EQT Elevation and Vince Carter's AND1 Tai Chis are just a few of the classic kicks we associate with this aerial exhibition.

Before a new champion is crowned Saturday night, we're taking a look back at every Slam Dunk Contest champion and the sneakers they wore. Read on for the complete rundown, and let us know which of this year's dunkers you think will add their name to this list.

2014

Champion: John Wall
Team: Washington Wizards
Shoe: adidas Crazy 1

2013

Terrence Ross wearing Nike Air Max Barkley Posite Area 72

Nike Air Max Barkley Posite Area 72

Champion: Terrence Ross
Team: Toronto Raptors
Shoe: Nike Air Max Barkley Posite 'Area 72'

2012

Jeremy Evans wearing Nike Air Max Destiny TB

Nike Air Max Destiny TB

 

Champion: Jeremy Evans
Team: Utah Jazz
Shoe: Nike Air Max Destiny TB

2011

Blake Griffin wearing Nike Air Max Fly By All-Star PE

Nike Air Max Fly By All-Star PE

Champion: Blake Griffin
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Shoe: Nike Air Max Fly By

2010

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Air Max Hyperize PE

Champion: Nate Robinson
Team: New York Knicks
Shoe: Nike Air Max Hyperize PE

2009

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Foamposite Lite KryptoNate

Nike Foamposite Lite KryptoNate

Champion: Nate Robinson
Team: New York Knicks
Shoe: Nike Foamposite Lite 'KryptoNate'

2008

Dwight Howard wearing adidas TS Pro Model

adidas TS Pro Model Dwight Howard

Champion: Dwight Howard
Team: Orlando Magic
Shoe: adidas TS Pro Model

2007

Gerald Green wears Reebok Pump Show Stopper G2 PE

Reebok Pump Show Stopper Gerald Green G2 PE

Champion: Gerald Green
Team: Boston Celtics
Shoe: Reebok Pump Show Stopper PE

2006

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Air Force Specialist

Nike Air Force Specialist

Champion: Nate Robinson
Team: New York Knicks
Shoe: Nike Air Force Specialist

2005

Josh Smith wearing adidas a3 Forum Mid

adidas a3 Forum Mid

Champion: Josh Smith
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Shoe: adidas a3 Forum Mid

2004

Fred Jones wearing Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

Champion: Fred Jones
Team: Indiana Pacers
Shoe: Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

2003

Jason Richardson wearing Reebok ATR Elite

Reebok ATR Elite

Champion: Jason Richardson
Team: Golden State Warriors
Shoe: Reebok ATR Elite

2002

Jason Richardson wearing Reebok XBeam Franchise

Reebok XBeam Franchise

Champion: Jason Richardson
Team: Golden State Warriors
Shoe: Reebok XBeam Franchise

2001

Desmond Mason wearing AND1 Mad Game

AND1 Mad Game

Champion: Desmond Mason
Team: Seattle Super Sonics
Shoe: AND1 Mad Game

2000

Vince Carter wearing AND1 Tai Chi

AND1 Tai Chi 1 Mid

Champion: Vince Carter
Team: Toronto Raptors
Shoe: AND1 Tai Chi

1997

Kobe Bryant wearing adidas EQT Elevation

adidas EQT Elevation

Champion: Kobe Bryant
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Shoe: adidas EQT Elevation

1996

Brent Barry wearing Nike Air Zoom Flight 95

Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 White/Red

Champion: Brent Barry
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Shoe: Nike Air Zoom Flight 95

1995

Harold Miner wearing Nike Air Go LWP

Nike Air Go LWP Harold Miner PE

Champion: Harold Miner
Team: Miami Heat
Shoe: Nike Air Go LWP

1994

Isaiah Rider wearing Converse NBA Threat

Converse NBA Threat

Champion: Isaiah Rider
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Shoe: Converse NBA Threat

1993

Harold Miner wearing Nike Air Dynamic Flight

Nike Air Dynamic Flight

Champion: Harold Miner
Team: Miami Heat
Shoe: Nike Air Dynamic Flight

1992

Cedric Ceballos wearing Nike Air Bound

Nike Air Bound Concord

Champion: Cedric Ceballos
Team: Phoenix Suns
Shoe: Nike Air Bound

1991

Dee Brown wearing Reebok Pump Omni Zone II

Reebok Pump Omni Zone II Dee Brown

Champion: Dee Brown
Team: Boston Celtics
Shoe: Reebok Pump Omni Zone II

1990

Dominique Wilkins wearing Reebok The Pump

Reebok The Pump White/Red

Champion: Dominique Wilkins
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Shoe: Reebok The Pump

1989

Kenny Walker wearing Converse ERX-300

Converse ERX-300

Champion: Kenny Walker
Team: New York Knicks
Shoe: Converse ERX-300

1988

Michael Jordan wearing Air Jordan 3 Cement

Air Jordan 3 OG Cement

Champion: Michael Jordan
Team: Chicago Bulls
Shoe: Air Jordan III 'Cement'

1987

Michael Jordan wearing Air Jordan II 2

Air Jordan II 2

Champion: Michael Jordan
Team: Chicago Bulls
Shoe: Air Jordan II

1986

Spud Webb wearing PONY City Wings

PONY City Wings

Champion: Spud Webb
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Shoe: PONY City Wings

1985

Dominique Wilkins wearing Brooks

Brooks Dominique Wilkins Shoes

Champion: Dominique Wilkins
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Shoe: Brooks

1984

Larry Nance wearing Converse Pro Star

Converse Pro Star

Champion: Larry Nance
Team: Phoenix Suns
Shoe: Converse Pro Star

Writers Poll
Poll: What is the Best Slam Dunk Championship Shoe of All-Time?
Nike Air Max Barkley Posite
Nike Air Max Destiny
Nike Air Max Fly By
Nike Air Max Hyperize
Nike Foamposite Lite
adidas TS Pro Model
Reebok Pump Show Stopper
Nike Air Force Specialist
adidas a3 Forum Mid
Air Jordan Nu Retro 2
Reebok ATR Elite
Reebok XBeam Franchise
AND1 Mad Game
AND1 Tai Chi
adidas EQT Elevation
Nike Air Zoom Flight 95
Nike Air Go LWP
Converse NBA Threat
Nike Air Dynamic Flight
Nike Air Bound
Reebok Pump Omni Zone II
Reebok The Pump
Converse ERX-300
Air Jordan III
Air Jordan II
PONY City Wings
Brooks
Converse Pro Star
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