Donovan Mitchell edges Larry Nance in NBA's Slam Dunk contest

His first two dunks resulted in scores of 48 and 50.

A TNT analyst, following Mitchell's phenomenal final dunk, called Larry Nance Jr.'s pass off the backboard to himself "the best dunk of the night".

After he produced a stunning show at the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night, it's surprising that Donovan Mitchell wasn't invited to take part initially.

"There's no better city to have this All-Star Game at and to see all of these stars is awesome". Mitchell totaled a Jazz-rookie record 41 points on December 1 and 40 points against Phoenix on February 2, marking the first time a rookie has posted two 40-plus point games in a season since Blake Griffin in 2010-11. This started with the Skills Challenge, followed by the 3-Point contest and finished with the Dunk. The Greenwich, Conn., native is now averaging the second-most points ever by a Jazz rookie (Darrell Griffith, 1980-81, 20.6 ppg).

At the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, Oladipo walked out for his first dunk while singing "New York, New York" in a full tuxedo.

He was crowned as the champion after he performed a throwback dunk in honour of the legendary Vince Carter while wearing his classic purple Toronto Raptors jersey. It's amusing, my son and his AAU team, I'm talking to these kids and I was like, "What is a jelly?"

At his media availability on Saturday afternoon, Nance Jr. said, "Obviously it would mean so much more if I got to hold the trophy above my head the same way my dad did".

They might not have carried everyone to victory, but here are the best dunks from this year's competition.

All told, Mitchell won the Contest with two dunks that achieved flawless 10 scores from all five judges-the Kevin Hart leap and the self-oop-and was a combined five points short of ideal scores on the other two. "It feels like life has come a full circle, because I have won this title in front of my family, in my home town of Los Angeles". While he'll be sharing the stage with three of his peers-Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr., and Donovan Mitchell-all eyes in Dallas will be watching Smith. The Phoenix Suns guard is averaging 24.2 points and 38.3 percent shooting this season, and he truly showed off his shooting by winning the three-point contest over Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

"He's really good." Embiid said. "I wanted to go out there and make a name for myself".

The six-foot-three Mavericks point guard says he's peen preparing for this moment for years and already has a nasty National Basketball Association dunk resume just a little more than halfway through his first season.

To hit this square, you'll need either Wayne Ellington (+700) or Kyle Lowry (+1000) to win the 3-Point Shootout.

Skills Challenge: Spencer Dinwiddie defeats Lauri Markkanen.

Vanessa Coleman

Comments