Remembering When Vince Carter & Paul Pierce Competed In A 1995 High School Dunk Contest!
Jordan vs Nique! Zach LaVine vs Aaron Gordon! There’s been some great dunk contest duels in the past but none can compete with the greatest dunker of all-time, Vince Carter, going against The Truth, Paul Pierce! OK, I’m kidding and that statement couldn’t be any further from the truth. But, in 1995, those two NBA greats did face off against each other during the McDonalds All-American dunk contest.
You are probably trying to picture Pierce, who has had some nice posters during his 18 seasons in the NBA, competing against a vintage Vince in the 2000 dunk contest, where Carter introduced the off 2 feet between the legs dunk, the windmill 360 and the elbow hang to the masses. If that happened then Pierce probably would have looked worse than Jerry Statckhouse did, having to follow Vince in the 2000 NBA contest.
Lucky for Pierce, Vince didn’t pull out anything too spectacular to win this contest, but in the mid 90s, this was still probably good enough to beat a Harold Miner, JR Rider or Kobe Bryant in a NBA dunk contest.
If you have doubts about Vince being the best high school dunker ever, keep in mind in a 1999 interview by Kenny Smith, Vince was asked if his dunks were better now or better then and he said “better then!” Here’s a few of his dunks from his prep days but believe me (I’ve been following his basketball career since his sophomore year), these dunks don’t do him justice. He was so crazy in high school, people were selling a Vince Carter highlight tape on VHS called, “Come Fly With Me Part 2!”
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