This past Saturday, the NBA held its annual dunk contest on day two of the yearly NBA All-Star weekend festivities and it marked the 30th anniversary of the dunk contest that had Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins and Spud Webb, the smallest participant ever at the dunk contest measuring a whole five foot seven inches tall. The two teammates would duel in the final round of the contest and provide some of the best dunks still to ever be in the contest. When it was all said and done however, Spud Webb had captivated the NBA and the people of America with his acrobatic dunks even still at standing under six foot tall. That year of 1986 became known as the year of the dunk and everyone that witnessed this spectacle understood why.
A Dallas, Texas native, Spud Webb was originally told he was too short to play basketball and was only allowed to play when two kids were late completing their physical examinations. Webb however scored 20 points that first game and never looked back. It was even documented that Webb could dunk at just five foot three inches while in high school with a vertical jump of 42 inches. After leading his junior college team, the Midland Chaparrals, to a junior college national title, while also scoring 36 points in the title game, Webb was recruited and offered a scholarship to play for Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State team.
After a successful career at North Carolina State, Webb was drafted in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Although drafted by the Pistons, Webb played his first six seasons with the Atlanta Hawks who also had the other participant of the 1986 dunk contest, Dominique Wilkins, on their team. Webb played a total of 814 games in the NBA and accrued over 8000 points and 4000 assists while averaging a cool 9.9 points a game over his 13 year NBA career. Webb will forever go down as one of the best pound for pound dunkers in NBA history.
This past Saturday, the NBA held its annual dunk contest which marked the 30th anniversary of the dunk contest between two Atlanta Hawks, Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. The event this weekend was one of the better ones in recent memory and brought back memories of some of the best dunk contests ever such as the Wilkins vs Jordan dunk contest and the Webb vs Wilkins dunk contest.
Watch Spud Webb with Arsenio Hall: