Slam Dunk Contest Is Family Business For Larry Nance Jr.

    If Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers wins the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk contest at Staples Center, he and his dad will become the first father-son duo to take home Slam Dunk titles. 

    Larry Nance is forever a part of NBA lore. He helped spark a culture and infatuation with the slam dunk that has come to define the NBA game. As a high-flying baller for the Phoenix Suns, the 6-foot-10 forward won the first ever Slam Dunk title in 1984, besting legends of the aerial game like Dr. J and Dominique Wilkins the Human Highlight Film. 

    Larry Nance Wins First Slam Dunk Contest

    Suns forward Larry Nance won the first-ever NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984.

    Baby Nance hasnt exhibited his Dads All-Star repertoire yet, but he inherited the disrespectful hops and dunking ability that his dad flexed and is my favorite to win the contest and make NBA history in the process. Its the most intriguing story and it shows the evolution of the NBA and the Slam Dunk contest. 

    Larry Nance Jr. Top 10 Dunks

    Top dunks of Larry Nance Jr. for the 2015-2016 year. Leave a comment if you would like me to make a new highlight video with updated dunks! All footage belongs to the NBA. Song: Hustlin’ by Rick Ross. Instagram: Facebook:

    Aaron Gordon, the 22-year-old Orlando Magic rising star was to make his third Slam Dunk Contest appearance. His best finish came in 2016, when he lost to two-time slam champ Zach LaVine. Instead, a strained hip flexor gives Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell a shot at the crown.  



    Victor Oladipo would be my sleeper pick. The multi-talented baller is not generally billed for his dunking artistry, but he has shown that he can get up and get funky with the stuff. The 2015 Slam Dunk Contest runner-ups double-clutch slam from the right wing over Dwight Howard won the 2017 NBA Dunk of the Year that was voted on by fans.

    Dunk of the Year – Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo’s double clutch jam is a nominee for Dunk of the Year in the inaugural NBA Awards. Vote for your favorite at !

    Oladipos game keeps elevating in his first season with the Pacers and the 25-year-old could become the second Indiana player in a row to win the contest.

    Dennis Smith Jr Best Dunks 2017 Compilation

    Dennis Smith Jr Best Dunks in the NBA & Anywhere else Compilation. He should win rookie of the year in my opinion cuz Ben Simmons ain’t no rookie tbh. Make sure to drop a like & Subscribe if you enjoyed! it really helps out. DISCLAIMER – All clips property of the NBA.

    Dennis Smith Jr. is a 6-foot-3 rookie that plays with turbo boosters under his sneakers. Smith is reminiscent of when guards shorter than 6-foot-5 would dunk over the NBA giants with consistency, before the three-pointer stifled the penetration game. His height will give him an advantage and his youth should also provide him with some swag points and fresh hops. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.