Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Zach LaVine and Orlando Magic unknown Aaron Gordon treated the world in the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

By Robby Sabo

My oh my. Now that was an NBA Slam-Dunk Contest.

Gone are the days of prop-filled ridiculousness from the likes of Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson, and in is the actual art of dunking.

Finally, the actual talent and skill of dunking a basketball is back in the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest. It’s bring us back to a more nostalgic day filled with names such as Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.

But that was then, and this is now.

The now includes the now two-time Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and the runner up from the newest edition, the seemingly unknown Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic.

While the contest started out in a very ho-hum sort of fashion, it ended with a bank. It took extra rounds of dunks for these two to settle things.

Here’s the contest winner from LaVine, as he went between-the-legs while taking off near the free-throw line:


The door was left open by Gordon after he only put up a 47 on his previous dunk:


And as you can see, it the judges probably underscored it.

Regardless, these two went at it all night long and put together the best head-to-head battle in the contest since the 1980s.

Here are some of the other highlights:






These guys brought the contest back to a purer form and simply put on a show.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com