The 2020 Slam Dunk Contest took place at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. It was the third and final event of All-Star Saturday, followed by the Skills Challenge and the 3-Point Contest.
The Slam Dunk Contest is always a fan favorite. This year’s participants were Pat Connaughton, Milwaukee Bucks, Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, and Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat.
The players were judged by Common, Chadwick Boseman, Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, and Dwyane Wade.
As things got going, everyone brought their A-game. If you missed it live, here are some highlights.
Aaron Gordon. UNREAL. pic.twitter.com/MMDdFqZRPN— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 16, 2020
DERRICK JONES JR. SNAPPED. 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/noYwn9lbV5— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 16, 2020
After the first round, the final round was between Jones Jr. and Gordon, where they each got two dunks. In the end, Jones Jr. got a slight edge over Gordon after Gordon’s final attempt over Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall didn’t completely clear over Fall’s head. Jones Jr. was crowned the winner and named the 2020 Slam Dunk champion.
Aaron Gordon lost the dunk contest by one point to Derrick Jones Jr. after jumping over Tacko Fall. pic.twitter.com/3nBarEXuwb— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2020
THE DUNK THAT WON THE DUNK CONTEST FOR DERRICK JONES JR. 😱🔥 pic.twitter.com/Cr7mJ0wbg5— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2020
While many NBA fans were hyped over watching their favorite players pull off some impressive dunks, some believed Gordon got robbed and aired out their frustrations about it. You can read some reactions below.
2 🏆 should have been rewarded tonight that’s for damn sure!! Keep it a buck y’all. 🤦🏾♂️!! Them boys both put on a show! Professional DUNKERS— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 16, 2020
We just witnessed the greatest dunk contest of all time..!!! My guy @pconnaughton got a 50🙏🏽— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) February 16, 2020
Can't have the dunk contest be at the level, then end it like that smh....— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 16, 2020
THAT’S BULLJIVE AARON GORDON GOT ROBBED IN THE DUNK CONTEST. GORDON DUNKED OVER THE TALLEST PLAYER IN THE NBA AND GOT A 47. FOH🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 16, 2020
Only 2 things are guaranteed to fail 100% of the time — NBA All-Star Dunk Contest judging, and the WiFi on every United Airlines flight.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 16, 2020
I STAND WITH AARON GORDON THE TWO-TIME SLAM DUNK CONTEST CHAMPION— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon got five 50s. Most in history. And still lost. Robbery.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) February 16, 2020
Dwayne Wade doing the math in his head to see what number he needs to make Aaron Gordon lose pic.twitter.com/5awAuXLGOy— Best Videos 🎬🍿 (@30SECVlDEOS) February 16, 2020
D Wade an A+ parent and an D+ Judge.— VanLathan (@VanLathan) February 16, 2020
So Aaron Gordon is never doing the dunk contest again ... and they want to bring the best dunkers to participate.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) February 16, 2020
The elite dunkers aren't going to want to be part of judging like that.
Derrick Jones Jr deserved to win this Dunk Contest a long time ago. He deserves it now.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon got robbed straight up!!!! Man jumped over Tacko!!!! Derrick Jones Jr and Gordon should’ve got 50s for their last dunks and both got the trophy. This year judging some bs!!!! @NBA #SlamDunkContest— Allen Joseph (@ajallen2098) February 16, 2020
By far the best dunk contest since the Michael Jordan in 88. Aaron Gordon got robbed once again. I told u Derrick Jones Jr. can fly. Wow that was unbelievable🙆♂️#NBAAllStar2020— Connor DeArmitt (@ConnorDeArmitt6) February 16, 2020
DWade just did Aaron Gordon so dirty in favor of the Miami Heat player, Derrick Jones Jr. DIRTY AS HELL.— Pablo Escobarner (blue check) (@PabloEscobarner) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon now robbed of TWO (2) dunk contest titles in his career. Yikes. #NBAAllStar #DunkContest pic.twitter.com/jfFo2zHXVF
Aaron Gordon got robbed in 2016 and he robbed Derrick Jones Jr in 2020— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) February 16, 2020
What a terrible score to end maybe the greatest dunk contest of all-time. Aaron Gordon just got robbed even though Derrick Jones Jr definitely deserves it, just not as much as Gordon— The Tech Lunch Pail (@techlunchpaild) February 16, 2020
If Aaron Gordon won, we would all be saying Derrick Jones Jr. got robbed. They both deserved to win and whoever lost got robbed. Such a great night. #NBAAllStar— Duncan White (@Duncan_White14) February 16, 2020
Gordon says he won't be participating in the Dunk Contest next year after his loss.
The crowd's reaction when they found out AG lost. pic.twitter.com/cIJGHNhZhj— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2020
Aaron Gordon says he won't do the dunk contest again:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2020
“It’s a wrap. I feel like I should have two trophies. So it’s over for that.” pic.twitter.com/52gXeJBDqJ
But what if it was supposed to be a tie?
Complex caught up with Dwyane Wade and he tried to shed light on the results of the contest.
"I wasn't the only on that gave him a 9," Wade said. "People are going to talk and you allow them to talk but most of anything, hopefully they all just enjoyed the dunk contest. ... It was entertainment and at the end of the day, as judges, we had to come up with a winner." He also took to Instagram, where he had some fun with the controversy.