There was time when Atlanta Hawks’ Dominique Wilkins would be jumping over everyone else and dunk the ball with unbelievable ferocity.
Gifted with leaping ability and a scoring machine in his prime, Wilkins was named the “Human Highlight Film”, and was known for his dunking as he was for his scoring skills.
Wilkins participated in five slam dunk contests, winning two. His first was in 1984, in Denver. Wilkins finished third, behind Larry Nance and Julius Erving. In 1985, in Indianapolis, he beat Michael Jordan in the finals. In Dallas in 1986, a Jordan-Wilkins rematch was put on hold, since Jordan was injured. Wilkins reached the finals where he was defeated by his 5’7″ teammate, Spud Webb.
The 1988 Slam Dunk Contest featured a rematch between Wilkins and Jordan. Jordan won in the final, beating Wilkins by two points. In 1990 Wilkins made his final appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest, going up against new promising stars such as Shawn Kemp, Scottie Pippen and Kenny Walker (the 1989 champion). He defeated Kenny Smith of the Sacramento Kings in the final round.
Check out one of Dominique’s put backs below:
Wilkins played 15 years in the NBA, earned his spot on the All-Star team 9 times. He holds career averages of 24.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 35.5 mpg in 1074 (started 995) NBA games. He scored 26,668 points in his career, playing for Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.Follow @exnbadotcom
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