The NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest has gotten better in recent years, but it used to be truly awesome, featuring not just All-Stars but superstars.Way back before the All-Star event was filled with 11th men and no-name rookies, the most athletic stars in the NBA used to actually compete, and it was righteous. MORE: Let’s make every dunk contest as good as 2016’sHere is a rundown of the best individual dunks in the contest’s history. (Spoiler alert: There are none from the past five years.)All-Time NBA Slam Dunk Contest All-StarsVince Carter’s arm-in-basket dunk, 2000This is the dunk. When I hear the phrase “slam dunk,” it’s Vince Carter dangling on the rim like it’s his square-dance partner that immediately comes to mind.This is just an ultimate display of physical skill and creativity. Who thinks to do that?Dee Brown’s no-look dunk, 1991Spud Webb and Nate Robinson rightfully get credit as the best small-guy dunkers, but in terms of a defining dunk, give me Dee Brown’s no-looker.He was a bit taller than those guys at 6-1, but the space between his legs and the ground is a sight to behold. Many have echoed this since, but like a great song, no cover can top the original.MORE: Ranking every 2019 NBA All-StarJaVale McGee’s two-ball dunk, 2011This dunk has been kind of lost in the annals of history because, well, JaVale McGee didn’t win the Slam Dunk Contest in 2011, and because JaVale McGee is JaVale McGee.But this dunk has all the staples of what makes the contest great: creativity and props that actually make sense on a basketball court (i.e. not a cupcake).Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk, 1988While a good amount of today’s NBA players could pull off this dunk, there is no denying how iconic it remains. It’s the Jordan logo, and along with his shot to beat the Jazz, the defining image of the greatest player in NBA history.Still, it doesn’t hold much of a candle to his slam that beat the Monstars. Dwight Howard’s 12-foot rim Superman dunk, 2009There are plenty of things people can criticize Dwight Howard for, but creativity isn’t one of them. In 2009, Howard took advantage of the “getting props approved” rule, bringing in a 12-foot rim, Superman cape and phone booth in order to change from Clark Kent to the “Man of Steel.”He makes leaping to the insanely high basket look like a cakewalk, only leaving a desire for him to have gone even higher.