The 1984 NBA All-Star Game, played at McNichols Arena in Denver, was the start of something different. The night before the main event consisted of the first-ever NBA Slam-Dunk Contest, which has since gone on to be a marquee event for the League’s best. All-Star Weekend ’84 marked the start of a sprawl that would eventually take over the better part of an entire week. But even this was prologue. Because it was the following year that would see the debut of Michael Jordan.

Jordan, then a heralded rookie out of North Carolina, was named to the 1985 All-Star team and also competed in the dunk contest, where he faced off against—among others—defending champion Larry Nance, all-time legend Julius Erving, and third-year Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins. Jordan finished second to Wilkins, setting off a dunk rivalry that would come to a head three years later in Chicago.