A look back at how John Wall won the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

People were fairly upset Saturday night when Derrick Jones Jr. won the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest over Aaron Gordon, so it reminded us:

Remember when John Wall won in 2014 and all the anger surrounding that year's weird format?

The NBA has never been afraid to change things around at All-Star weekend, and this was especially true for the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest. 

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In an effort to make the dunk contest more exciting after a few duds in the two years prior, the NBA changed it into a team event. Three players from the Eastern Conference and three players from the Western Conference competing in a freestyle round and a battle round. 

At the end, fans would vote on the dunker on the night, who would then be considered the Slam Dunk Champion. 

Team East, consisting of Wall, Paul George and Terrance Ross, dominated Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and Damian Lillard in the freestyle round, and then each player on Team East won their head-to-head matchup with the West. 

Wall sent everyone home with the dunk of the night, too. 

Players tend to one-up dunks from previous contests in order to keep things fresh, but there's no denying Wall doing a reverse over G-Man would earn a perfect 50. 

While Wall's dunk will live on forever, the 2014 format certainly will not. The NBA scrapped the team idea and went back to the traditional setup in 2015. 

And what do you know, we ended up getting two of the best dunk contests of all time. 2016 when Zach LaVine beat Gordon in an epic duel, and 2020 when Gordon was robbed yet again of the dunk title despite earning a perfect score on his first five dunks. 

One of those classic cases of if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But at least Wizards fans can look back at that dunk contest fondly. They're probably the only ones who do. 

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