Zach LaVine breathed new life into the Slam Dunk contest during the 2015 All-Star weekend as he blew away the competition to take home the title.
The then-rookie instantly raised the stakes as he walked onto the court wearing a 'Toon Squad' jersey from the 1996 movie 'Space Jam' with 'Jordan 23' on the back.
LaVine did not disappoint as his through the legs, windmilling whipsaw dunk raised the roof on Madison Square Gardens. His first score of a perfect 50 was a sign of things to come as produces a series of creative and exciting dunks.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves sophomore will be back in Toronto to defend his title and will face Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets.
Ahead of next weekend's showpiece event, the 20-year-old insisted the best from him is yet to come in the dunk contest. He said: "I've been practicing. I've got some tricks up my sleeve. Those weren't my four best, but they were four good ones."
LaVine's performance in New York was arguably the best in way over ten years, but the former UCLA man is working hard to ensure he is not seen as just a dunker.
The guard is averaging 12.8 points and 3.2 assists in 23.8 minutes per game for the 15-36 Timberwolves.
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