This February’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto marks the 30th anniversary of the 1986 NBA Dunk Contest, a David-and-Goliath affair that made Spud Webb arguably the greatest pound-for-pound dunker of all time.
A 22-year-old rookie, Spud Webb found himself squaring off against his far more famous Atlanta Hawks teammate Dominique Wilkins. Also known as the Human Highlight Film, he is, at 6’8″ and 224 pounds, the defending slam dunk champion. Webb makes the league minimum, $70,000; Wilkins, $585,000. In regulation play, Webb normally feeds Wilkins the ball, yet on this early February night in Dallas the pair is trading acrobatics around the hoop, throwing down one jam after the other in a show of skywalking one-upmanship. The winner gets nearly a fifth of Webb’s annual salary: $12,500. Spud amazed the crowd and Dallas judges who consisted of retired NBA players, Roger Staubach and Martina Navratilova.
Since Webb made his NBA debut, only two players have been shorter than he was: Earl Boykins and Muggsy Bogues. Now that he’s retired he plays a lot of golf and is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Texas Legends, the D-League team for the Dallas Mavericks in Frisco, Texas.
Even company 500Level celebrates one of the most amazing dunk displays of all time. Fans can relive the moment with a collection of Spud Webb apparel.
Watch Spud Webb Winning the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest: