Ranking the three best slam dunk contests of all-time

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Yesterday was Aaron Gordon's birthday. The Orlando Magic player is yet to truly establish himself with the franchise but he certainly made a name for himself in Toronto in February.

The now 21-year-old breathed life back into the Slam Dunk Contest with Zach LaVine as the young duo put on a show for the ages in Canada.

After years of disappointment in the competition, many were preparing to anoint the Three-Point Contest the new king of All-Star Saturday night, but Gordon and LaVine changed everything.

There is huge demand for a rematch between the pair with many dubbing it the best ever. Here are our top three.

3. 2000

Vinsanity was in full flow in the Bay Area in 2000 as the All-Star weekend returned with a bang following the 1999 lockout.

People forget the role Vince Carter's teammate and cousin Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets' Steve Francis played in a great competition as this was all about how the guard re-defined the contest.

He recorded a perfect 100 score in the first round and produced a through the legs slam that stunned the onlooking crowd - including a young Shaquille O'Neal who came equipped with his own video recorder.

He finished on a two-handed slam from just inside the free throw line with his final dunk, but the one that won it was his simply incredible leap that finished with his forearm inside the basket.

2. 1988

Part 2 of Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins has been considered the best competition of all-time - up until this year.

The stage had been set following events of the previous three years. The Houston Rockets man got the better of MJ in '85 before his Airness won the crown two years later when Wilkins sat out with an injury.

In his home arena, in front of his fans, Jordan had to defend his crown. What followed was a heavyweight battle between two titans of dunking as Dominique and Michael exchanged blows at will.

MJ's Dr.J-esque slam won it. Despite the suggestion he only came out on top because it was in Chicago, it truly was a great contest.

1. 2016

People thought the dunk contest was dead, but Gordon and LaVine brought it back to life - especially the Orlando forward.

He did things nobody had ever seen before as he jumped over Stuff the Dragon (Orlando's mascot) before threading the ball underneath his legs and hammering it home.

After six consecutive 50s, Gordon's final dunk was slept on as he was given a 47. Really he should've been handed another max and the show should've continued.

LaVine got the win to defend his crown but the moral victory went to the Magic player. Round two in New Orleans? Yes please.

Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Zach LaVine
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

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