Paul George believes Aaron Gordon was the real Dunk Contest winner

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The 2016 Slam Dunk Contest is a night that will live long in the memory of NBA fans the world over.

Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine put on a masterclass to revive the competition and leave viewers in awe and stunned amazement at what had occurred.

The 20-year-old center, Gordon, pulled off some moves that defied the laws of physics as he took a seat on top of the ball and the Orlando Magic mascot’s head before slamming it with authority.  

He did things that had never been done in the history of the illustrious competition, but it was not enough for victory as LaVine produced some incredible dunks of his own, including a through the legs, from the free throw line, hammer to retain his title and become the first back-to-back winner since Nate Robinson.

The competition in Toronto made history as the first ever Dunk Contest to record four straight 50s in the final round. 

There has been a lot of debate about who the real winner was on the night. Even the Minnesota Timberwolves sophomore insisted the trophy should be shared between the two as he claimed his crown.  

It seems the debate is still raging on, as before the Orlando Magic’s game with the Indiana Pacers, Paul George, who came within a point of making his own history at All-Star weekend, said Gordon was ‘robbed’.

As per CBS Sports, the three-time All-Star said: "I thought he got robbed. In today's day and age, everything's been seen in the dunk contest, and when you see stuff that nobody's done, you've got to reward that. 

“Not discrediting everything Zach did — Zach did a phenomenal job — but you've seen those dunks before. In what today's dunk contest is, it's all based on creativity. You've got to give it to the guy that's been the most creative."

In truth, the real winner from the showdown between Gordon and LaVine was the NBA. The Minnesota guard rekindled interest in the competition in 2015 after some less than impressive years, and the battle in Canada brought the contest back to life with a bang. 

In a year where the star-studded Three-Point Contest was seen as the pinnacle of Saturday night, the two youngsters stole the show and left the crowd wanting more as fans continue to call for a rematch in 2017.

There may be no topping what was on display at the Air Canada Centre, but the sheer popularity and demand for a repeat event would be of huge reward for the organisation. 

It also offers brilliant exposure for the players plying their trade in two of the NBA’s smaller markets. Gordon and LaVine became known names after 2016, they could enhance their reputation further in 10 months time.

Zach LaVine
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Eastern Conference
Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division

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