5. Brent Barry Wins '96 Dunk Contest
People like to blame gimmicks and a lack of star power for the death of the dunk contest, but it's really the Internet. Search "turfing" on YouTube and you'll see eight-year-old kids with better dance moves than Vaslav Nijinsky. And the same goes for dunks. We're spoiled.
Before Wi-Fi jaded the way we see the slam dunk, we relied on the NBA Dunk Contest for our jump-off-the-couch-and-scream moments. In undoubtedly one of the greatest athletic events of all-time, Brent Barry went to the wire with Michael Finley for rim-rattling supremacy. With his back against the wall, Barry took off from the free-throw line (sort of) and finished hard at the rim. Thanks for playing, boys.