Fourteen years ago today, our perception of the dunk contest changed forever. I was born in the 90s, so the dunk of Michael Jordan, Spud Webb, and Dominique Wilkins don’t really have an attachment with me. I didn’t see them play or dunk; not saying that I don’t respect and know about their greatness, but my eyes have never seen them live.
Vince Carter, on the other hand, was everyone’s hero growing up. The dude put his elbow in the rim! Does everybody remember being able to the dunk contest during the NBA Live days and being able to put your player’s elbow in the rim?
That dunk, along with Vince’s entire 2000 epic dunk contest, will forever be his legacy. He set the bar for the modern day dunk contest and I don’t think it will ever be beat. I believe this dunk contest put Carter into a different level of players and will be a big reason why he’s a Hall of Famer.
Vince Carter is the best dunker of this generation and set the bar for what this generation sees as a successful and fun contest. Vinsanity is a legend of the game because of this contest.
As Kenny Smith said after his first dunk “LET”S GO HOME, LET”S GO HOME, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!”
This year’s dunk contest could finally see a revival in the event, but it can’t come close to what Vince did. Paul George has shown off some VC-like hops. Terrence Ross, the reigning champion of last year, is another terrific dunker on the Raptors. Damien Lillard and John Wall will bring an element of excitement because of their smaller stature. Harrison Barnes and Ben Mclemore have a chance to be the underdogs and show us something.
But Vince Carter changed the event forever. NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 could have some great moments, but it won’t be the same. I’d like to thank Vince for that.