The NBA Slam Dunk which for a number of years had been declining in popularity due to poor performances by entrants into the contest, came roaring back on Saturday evening in Toronto; revived by an out of this world contest of creativity, skill and athleticism as Lavine and Gordon went head to head in the finals with some of the most acrobatic and crisp dunks of all time.
However, Lavine who is the Defending Champion from 2015 a supremely gifted athlete, was not to be outdone as he came through with a hop from the free throw line catching the ball tossed to him in midair to slam it home.
It was a tough night for the Judges who finally gave the contest to Lavine after his final dunk. It was one for the ages and fans are abuzz around the world about the excitement and creativity of the contest.
The 2016 Skills Challenge
In a new system and format, the NBA introduced a front court versus back court contest in which big guys like Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Demarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings took on the small guys of the back court like Isiah Thomas of the Celtics to prove who is the most skilled on the court. With a consensus vote of confidence going to the Point Guards and two Guards of the back court; Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled a pleasant surprise as he easily beat Isiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics in the finals
Three Point Shooting Contest
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors who is the defending champion from last year (2015) was unable to hold on to his title as he was dethroned by teammate and fellow contestant Klay Thompson.