Dunking Through Hawks History

Saturday, February 19, 2011
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks have always maintained a strong link to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

During the golden age of the competition in the late-80’s Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb were two of the main attractions. The duo combined to compete eight times and took home three trophies from 1984-1990. ‘Nique won in 1985, was edged by Spud in ’86, and was runner-up to a young phenom named Michael Jordan in ’88. To this day “The Human Highlight Film” insists that he was robbed by faulty judging in 1988. Still, Wilkins bowed out of the contest on top with another title in 1990.

The 1986 battle between Wilkins and Webb will be remembered as one of the best:

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After a mediocre performance from Stacey Augmon in 1992, the Hawks again starred in the contest in 2005 when J-Smoove took home the trophy as a rookie. Smith’s win gave the Hawks a record setting four titles, a mark that has since been equaled by the Knicks thanks to back-to-back wins by Nate Robinson.

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Click Here to check out complete coverage from Smoove’s win back in 2005.