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Zach LaVine Wants to Do Skills, 3PT Contest in Future

February 13, 2016

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is blossoming into a future star of the league, especially after shining in these past two NBA Slam Dunk contests.

After going back-to-back, you can definitely book that LaVine plans to go for a three-peat next year, with Aaron Gordon likely to participate as well.

LaVine also plans to take part in the other Saturday night All-Star festivities, as he revealed after winning the 2016 Dunk Contest:

-- Josh Dhani

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Zach LaVine Says 2016 Was Best NBA Slam Dunk Contest Ever

February 13, 2016
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Zach LaVine went back-to-back on Saturday night, winning the NBA Slam Dunk Contest again as he barely edged out Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon.

The talk has already been if 2016 was the best Slam Dunk Contest in history

The Minnesota Timberwolves guard was asked that question, and he didn't hesitate on the answer:

-- Josh Dhani

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Watch Every Aaron Gordon-Zach LaVine Dunk From 2016 Contest (Videos)

February 13, 2016

It was happening so fast, that it was hard to keep up with, but Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine put on a dunk contest for the ages, literally having a dunk-off to see who’d be the champion in Toronto.

Watch every dunk between these two below:

-- Glenn Erby

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Was 2016 the Greatest NBA Slam Dunk Contest of All Time?

February 13, 2016
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest started on Saturday night, it was pretty slow. To be honest, it looked like we were in for possibly another disappointment. 

If it weren't for Zach LaVine last year, 2015's would have been pretty embarrassing as well. However, things picked up when Aaron Gordon and LaVine started to put on a show. 

From Gordon's slew of dunks over the Orlando Magic mascot and LaVine showing off his crazy athleticism, this dunk contest was one for the ages. I don't think I've ever seen so many great, 50-point worthy dunks consecutively like Gordon and LaVine were churning on Saturday night. 

In the end, LaVine won in what was a historic dunk contest. While you could say Gordon got robbed on his last dunk (he only got a 47 while LaVine got a 50, though you could argue Gordon's was better or at least equal), this dunk contest was something the fans had been looking for. 

After the contest, many on Twitter and even the TNT analysts ended up arguing if this was the best dunk contest ever. When it comes to legendary dunk contests, you can look back to the old Michael Jordan vs Dominique Wilkins dunk contests and, of course, the one Vince Carter stole in 2000.

But is 2016 really the best dunk contest of all time? I think so. Being a prisoner of the moment could lead to such a statement, but this dunk contest was truly amazing and ranks up there with the bests. 

When you look at the 2000 Dunk Contest, which a lot of people say are the best, you just think of Vince's dunks. Carter ended the contest after his first dunk, and it was just him trying to end it quickly after that.  MJ vs Dominique was pretty good, too. Probably the famous moment would be Jordan's free throw line dunk. 

However, what separates 2016 from all the other ones was the quality and quantity of dunks that were displayed. Gordon had multiple dunks involving him jumping over his mascot, who was riding a hoverboard. With all of them, none were oversaturated. Every single one awed the crowd. 

Name a dunk contest where this has happened:

The man was literally sitting in the air. He was defying the law of physics.

LaVine, too. It seemed like he was on pace to go back to back right when he started, until Gordon started to turn it up right after. After that, it was just a dunk-off between the two.

Honestly, this dunk contest should have ended in a tie if we are being real. I know a lot of people probably wished the contest kept going after LaVine was named the winner. 

The fact that Gordon and LaVine were still able to come up with amazing dunks as the contest just kept going on and on, it was pretty impressive. The way in how every dunk did not disappoint showed how special this one is. 

After LaVine won, he said that he and Gordon did not practice half of their dunks that were on display Saturday night. That is crazy. 

Along with that, this is the first dunk contest probably where there was no clear winner. Many think Gordon should have won, while others still support that LaVine should have won. You could very arguably say this was one was truly a tie seeing how competitive and close these two were in their dunks. 

I have no problem saying 2016 was the best one, but I can definitely see a case for any of the other ones. The question is now is how the league is going to be able top this one?

Unless, of course, we get LaVine-Gordon II next year...

-- Josh Dhani

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Zach LaVine Catches Lob From Free-Throw Line (Video)

February 13, 2016

Yea he just did that!

-- Glenn Erby

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Twitter Reacts to Zach LaVine’s First Dunk in Contest (Video)

February 13, 2016

Zach LaVine just got started off in the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest where he left it last February, crushing a monster dunk on his first attempt.

See how Twitter and others reacted below:

-- Glenn Erby

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Zach LaVine Goes Behind the Back for Filthy Dunk (Video)

February 13, 2016

Zach LaVine came out to Drake’s "Back to Back," got a hug from the 6 God and then crushed this filthy dunk off his own lob to start off Saturday night's Dunk Contest.

Check it out:

-- Josh Dhani

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Shaq Disses Charles Barkley in Freestyle Rap (Video)

February 13, 2016

We all know Shaquille O'Neal used to spit back in the day, but now TNT analyst decided to bring it back when he started freestyling during NBA All-Star Saturday night.

Check it out below, as he disses Charles Barkley:

-- Josh Dhani

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Will Barton Does "Thriller" Entrance During Dunk Contest (Video)

February 13, 2016

Will Barton may not win the contest, but he wins the entrance.

-- Glenn Erby

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Klay Thompson Catches Fire to Beat Steph Curry in 3PT Contest (Video)

February 13, 2016
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

I mean how could Kevin Durant not consider the Golden State Warriors in free agency, at a discount as well? The Warriors have the two best shooters on the planet as teammates, but that story is for another day.

Tonight, it’s all about Klay Thompson’s hot shooting allowing him to dethrone Stephen Curry as the 3-point king at NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday night. 

-- Glenn Erby

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