Victor Oladipo sports his best Black Panther impression in Dunk Contest

Victor Oladipo Black Panther

For one reason or another, some National Basketball Association players are just destined to play for a specific team and that was definitely the case for Larry Nance Jr.

Larry Nance Jr. throws the ball off the backboard twice before dunking it in.

Dunks from Oladipo and Smith Jr. were highlight-reel worthy, too, which made for a complete contest of the high-flying antics fans expect when All-Star Weekend arrives.

Mitchell's dunking understandably gets all the attention. Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine had a dunk-off for the ages and revived the event after three only quasi-memorable years. Nance's last dunk of the night will be divisive in terms of quality.

Every single one of these players has proven all season long why they should be part of the competition as they have been seen on SportsCenter time after time for their ferocious finishes at the rim. From the multiple attempts per dunk to the props and lack of stars, fans had plenty to say about the underwhelming dunk contest Saturday night.

Dennis Smith Jr. had a shaky start in his first dunk, but he immediately made up for it with a flawless score for his 360 between-the-legs slam that gave him the 3rd place finish.

The recently-traded Cavaliers player started his championship round performance with a costume change to the Phoenix Suns jersey of his father, Larry Sr, who was also the inaugural champion of the NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1984. "Believe it or not, I've been preparing for this since I was a kid", Mitchell, 21, said.

NBA All-Star Weekend always brings out the most entertaining side of the league.

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"Growing up I was a big dunker", Mitchell said.

Larry Nance Jr.: Score, 44. He even spoke with former dunk champion Vince Carter about the contest when the Sacramento Kings were in town earlier this week.

Now, we've seen reverse dunks before. However, don't mistake that for being overwhelmed by the glitz and glamor of being in the Los Angeles spotlight.

"I actually got this customized with his name on the back", he described. If anyone isn't that familiar with Mitchell yet, they will get to know him quickly in that game.

Because the second tap was hard and perhaps impossible to see live, Nance had to point to the video screen for fans to watch the replay. The 20-year-old then combined his creativity and explosiveness together, collecting a flawless 50 for a 360-degree, between-the-legs finish with his left hand.

But it was Smith Jr. who earned the first 50 of the night with a truly electrifying dunk that saw him go through his legs and switch hands before going for the slam.

The guards came out on top in the Taco Bells Skills Challenge, with Spencer Dinwiddie going all the way.

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