The Orlando Magic have an interesting history with the dunk contest. Otis Smith, Nick Anderson, Darrell Armstrong, and Dwight Howard are not the most memorable dunkers of all time, but they all kept it interesting in their day. Few other teams can say they represented both a slam dunk champion and the worst dunk in the history of the contest. Let’s take a look at the Orlando Magic Slam Dunk Contest history and each individual performance.
Otis Smith – 1991
For those that only remember the terrible General Manager, it might be unbelievable the Otis Smith once had some serious ups. In 1991 he failed to advance beyond the first round, but his 2 dunks were solid with scores of 41.2 and 41.8.
He had a better showing in 1988 with the Golden State Warriors when he made it to the second round, where a dunk of 22 killed his chances:
Nick Anderson – 1992
In the Magic’s first hosting of the All-Star game, Orlando got a hometown hero. Anderson missed out on the finals by a mere .6 points in a contest eventually won by Cedric Ceballos. He dunked with power if not flash:
Darrell Armstrong – 1996
(Shaking our heads in shame) Anderson nailed his first dunk attempt and then forgot how to jump. He missed a variety of interesting looks, and appeared to lose his legs as time ran down. He eventually layed it in after the buzzer, staking his claim for Lay-Up Champion. He had spent most of the year in the Spanish league, and Shaq and Penny negotiated his way into the contest. Honestly this performance is probably why Shaq went to Los Angeles.
Dwight Howard – 2007-2009 (2008 Champion)
If anyone is to blame for turning the dunk contest into a gimmick, it’s Howard. His size made it hard to impress the judges so he was the first player to heavily utilize props to wow the crowd. Ok, some of them were pretty cool.
Of course the gimmick got gimmicked by Krypto-Nate Robinson in 2009.
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