A rookie Michael Jordan faced Dominique Wilkins in a dunk contest at the All-Star weekend, as the Hawks legend had something else bugging him.
Dominique Wilkins is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. The 6’8 forward was much more than just prolific a dunker, for which he is much more famous.
But the 9-time All-Star did have some astonishing posters throughout his career, for which he also has a nickname – “The Human Highlight Film”.
Dominique Wilkins was a problem for NBA defenses. Not supported enough and what to do when you have another guy called Michael Jordan who writes his legend around the same time ?
— Mr-GFunk AllDayEveryDay (@gooofoot) January 14, 2022
It was with the Hawks where Wilkins would start writing history for a small-market franchise. Apart from leading them to their four consecutive 50-win seasons during the 80s, he also won a slam-dunk contest with them. Their only individual (player’s) award since Bob Pettit’s MVPs in the 50s and 60s.
That dunk contest in 1985 also had another future great, arguably the greatest, Michael Jordan.
In a clash of the titans, Dominique Wilkins won over Michael Jordan
A rookie Mike would not only make his first All-Star game that season, but also participated in the dunk contest just to get knocked out in the final round by Wilkins. The Atlanta forward got perfect scores on two dunks in the final round to defeat MJ 147-136 in the final round.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks outduels rookie Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in an epic slam dunk contest. Wilkins receives perfect scores on his last two dunks with the first bounced off the floor before… https://t.co/SvB1hjNQt1
— Quad-City Times (@qctimes) January 17, 2022
“This is something to give the fans some thrills,” Wilkins said after winning the contest. “The guys just have a lot of fun.”
But he was still sour about not making it to the All-Star game. “I’ll just have to watch it [All-star game] on TV,” he said.
Although Jordan had an otherworldly first season averaging over 28-points, 6-rebounds, 6-assists, and 2-steals, Wilkins also had an All-NBA caliber season with 27.4-points, 6.9-boards, 2.5-dimes, and 1.7-steals a game that season. But still failed to make it to the All-Star game.
Wilkins averaged more than 25 points per game for ten consecutive seasons and captured a scoring title the very next season following his snub in 85, with an average of 30.3 points per game.
He made 9 All-Star appearances and 7 All-NBA teams scoring well over 26000 points in his 16-year career, at an average of 24.8 points per game. The Hall of Famer was also recently named among the NBA’s top-75 players of all time.