Slam Dunk Contest, one of the more exciting basketball contests around the United States. There are many slam dunk contests however only three are more popular than all the others. The NBA (Nation Basketball Association) is one that comes to mind. This contest is held annually and typically falls within the NBA All Star Weekend. This dunk contest gets nationally televised and has over one million viewers. Now The NCAA College Slam Dunk Contest is another dunk contest that is held annually for all the collegiate basketball slam dunk athletes in America. This too is televised nationally and has a ton of credibility and followers. Another nationally publicized competition is the McDonald’s High School Slam Dunk Contest which is also held once a year in the North America’s and is a great time for high school basketball player’s to show off their skills and get exposed. Most all slam dunk contest rules are similar in fashion in which each dunk participant is allowed two minutes to complete two dunks of his choice. The first two completed dunks will be the dunks on which the individual would be judged. Participants will usually modify the dunk they are trying to attempt as many times as they wish during their allotted time. The dunk participants typically would be judged by a panel of five judges. Judges will grade each contestant on a score of one through ten for each dunk based on numerous categories such as creativity, style, and execution. Sometimes dunk contestants may involve props or other individuals which is usually always allowed. Scores are tallied from all the judges’ scorecards from two successful dunks and the four dunk participants with the highest top scores would typically advance to the next round. Some of the most notable Slam Dunk Contest winners would be two time NBA Slam Dunk Winner Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins from the Atlanta Hawks. He won the 1985 and 1990 competitions with famous slam dunks like the one handed and two handed windmill. Another famous dunk champion is Spud Webb who also won an NBA Slam Dunk Contest back in 1986 with his elevator two handed double pump dunk as well as a 360 helicopter dunk and a 180 degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam dunk form a bounce off the floor. Another memorable winner’s is Michael “MJ” Jordan also known as “Air Jordan”. Mr. Jordan won both the 1987 and 1988 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest with a dunk from the free throw line which earned him a perfect score of fifty. Other perfect score Slam Dunk Contest contestants were Julius Irving, Terence Stansbury, Gerald Wilkins, Cedric Ceballos, Vince Carter, Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Jason Richardson, Fred Jones, Josh Smith, Amare’ Stoudemire, Andre Iguodala, Gerald Green, Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRozan and Javale McGee. With new and exciting dunks sure to be shown in next year’s contest you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to tune in to TNT to watch or get up close and in person at the 2013 NBA All Star Slam Dunk in Houston sponsored by Sprint.