Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 4:18 pm  |  12 responses

The 15 Best McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest Performances (VIDEOS)

A look back at some high-flyers doing work before they hit the pros.

by Daniel Friedman / @DFried615

The McDonald’s High School All American Jam Fest has been a spectacle of the highest-flying up-and-coming ball players in the country since its inception at the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia in 1987. In dramatic fashion, the Jam Fest produces lasting memories of future stars when they’re merely kids with skills that haven’t fully developed just yet. When those players go on to become pros, sometimes, the memories fade. On the heels of this year’s great dunk contest (which we intentionally left off this list—let us know in the comments where you think it fits), we look back at 15 legendary performances from the competition that you shouldn’t soon forget.

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  • roscoe

    maybe the nba should make the “dunk contest” like the olympics…

    every 4 years so we don’t have to see a horrible showing every year.

  • underdog

    I still can’t believe David Lee snatched that trophy from James Wihte… And 0:37 on the 9th page is one of my all-time favorite dunk contest dunk. Yes, that’s tattoo-free JR Smith. (so right)

  • rockchalk

    melo, swift and ellis were too high on the list

  • toomanyshrimp

    i like how all of LeBron’s dunks are the same dunks he does regularly in games now

  • KingBenjamin

    This 360 windmill by Vince may have been better than the one he did in the 2000 Slam Dunk contest.

  • Yesse

    Seems like underdog already said what i had to say. James White probably had the best performance in McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest’s ever.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the baron davis one was filmed with a tooth brush

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think my favourite part is tj ford being terrence ford (13 of15)

  • Max

    That’s why he doesn’t participate in the dunkcontest.

  • Lexluther252

    Carmelo has no bounce whatsoever

  • RayJr

    One of the most robbed trophy’s in any sort of competition ever.

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    Wow the whiteboy robbed jame white, Lee did the same wack ass dunks that every one else did wow!!!! robbed