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We may not have won many championships, but Toronto should now be crowned as the town with the best dunkers to ever participate in the Slam Dunk competition. And for a place that hasn’t had a championship from any sport since 1993, we’ll take it.

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Ross put on an impressive performance by doing something that I think more participants underestimate: keeping it simple. We want to see quick dunks at a quicker pace, not failed attempts. His most difficult dunk by far was his first attempt; a wrap around dunk on the front of the rim. He even gave a nod to Vince Carter by wearing his jersey, which is the only fond memory Toronto fans have of Air Canada. Without any gimmicks-sans the attempt to wrap up more votes at the end by jumping over a kid-Ross had an overall four star performance.

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Not a winner in the dunk contest, but a lineup of underrated maneuvers. Derozan was a victim of his own lack of showmanship, often not engaging the crowd enough. There was also the fact that he participated in two contests. Which is brave, considering how the dunk contest at this point was falling off the radar.

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May have been a winner in other years, but was a victim (so was Steve Francis) to the Vinsanity. McGrady put on some powerful dunks that were ignored due to anticipation for Vince’s next move. Take a second look at the two handed reverse that bent the rim.

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Arguably the greatest performance in the dunk contest history, Vince pulled off several dunks that were never seen before, but have become benchmarks for the degree of difficulty since. There was a rumour that Vince would attempt a 720, but with him only needing a simple dunk to wrap up the win, he punctuated his performance with a free throw line dunk. But inside the free throw line. Stop thinking I didn’t see that.
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