Best of Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady in 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is headed to Toronto, and in honor of the trip to Canada, it only seems right to take a look back at one of the greatest dunk contests of all time.

Cousins and Raptors teammates Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter stole the show at the 2000 Dunk Contest, throwing down some unforgettable dunks.

Carter was crowned Dunk Contest champion that year, and McGrady went down in history as one of the best dunkers to never win it all.

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Carter recently reminisced on his “first opportunity of fulfilling the dream of being in the dunk contest” in a video with the NBA.

“I felt like I could jump to the moon,” Carter said of his reverse-360 show stopper, which can be seen at the 00:46 mark in the video below.

But the excitement did not stop there. Carter said he wanted to wow the crowd to the point where it would be silent in the arena.

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Not only did he dunk the ball, he stuck his arm into the rim and held on. The stunned expressions on everyone's face say it all.

McGrady may not have dangled himself from the rim, but he did execute some pretty impressive moves.

He earned a perfect score of 50 for his spinning two-handed dunk off a self alley-oop, marking his best dunk of the night. You can catch that epic dunk at the 3:26 mark in the video below.

Had Carter not edged him out, he could have easily been crowned champion.

Fans and judges will be looking for some Carter- and McGrady-inspired dunks on Saturday night.

Photos: NBA Dunk Contest winners throughout the years

Nance bested Julius Erving and Dominique Wilkins in the NBA's first dunk contest. The nine-player field also included Darrell Griffith, Clyde Drexler and 7-foot-4 center Ralph Sampson, who finished sixth. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
In the first of their epic duels, the Human Highlight Film beat a rookie named Michael Jordan in the finals. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Delighting his hometown crowd, the 5-foot-6 guard scored perfect 50s on both of his dunks in the finals to edge Hawks teammate and defending champion Dominique Wilkins. Michael Jordan was injured and did not participate. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Jordan won his first dunk contest in a competition missing the previous two winners (Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb) because of injuries. "There was adrenaline pumping through my body today that was unexplainable," Jordan told reporters after defeating Jerome Kersey in the finals. Andy Hayt for Sports Illustrated
In perhaps the NBA's best dunk contest, hometown favorite Jordan edged Dominique Wilkins 147-145 in the finals to become the first repeat winner. Needing a 48 on his final attempt to overtake Wilkins, Jordan scored a 50 after taking off just inside the free-throw line for a dunk. "If it wasn't in Chicago, it might have gone the other way," Jordan said afterward. Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated
With Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins sitting out, "Sky" Walker filled the void with an entertaining show that overwhelmed Clyde Drexler in the finals. The Knicks forward's victory came only three days after his father died from complications from a stroke. "There was a motivation to win it for him," Walker said. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
`Nique beat Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan as the only two-time winners. Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated
The 6-foot-1 Celtics rookie -- who famously pumped up his sneakers before each attempt -- clinched his victory over the more powerful Shawn Kemp with a one-handed, cover-your-eyes dunk. John Biever for Sports Illustrated
Having already wrapped up the title because of Larry Johnson's missed dunks in the finals, Ceballos nevertheless finished with a bang as he ran about 60 feet downcourt and completed a blindfolded slam that registered a 50. Damian Strohmeyer for Sports Illustrated
"Baby Jordan" easily topped Clarence Weatherspoon and defending champion Cedric Ceballos in what he described as the highlight of a difficult rookie season with the Heat. Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated
The Timberwolves rookie's signature move came when he drove baseline, elevated, put the ball between his legs and dunked. That was more than enough to get past Shawn Kemp and Robert Pack in the finals. Harold Miner, the 1993 winner, did not participate because of injury. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
Miner joined Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins as the only two-time winners, denying Isaiah Rider a spot in that exclusive company. Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images
Barry's version of a free-throw line dunk carried him to victory over fellow rookie Michael Finley. Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated
Bryant, 18, who was 5 when Larry Nance won the first dunk contest, claimed the title with a between-the-legs dunk that rivaled Isaiah Rider's. Kobe remained reigning champion for a while: The NBA did not stage the competition in 1998 and All-Star weekend was scrapped in 1999 because of the lockout. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Even all-time greats who have seen a few things were floored by Carter's stunning explosiveness and athleticism. "He was probably more spectacular with two of those dunks than anyone who has ever dunked a basketball," Julius Erving said after Carter blew away Steve Francis and Raptors teammate Tracy McGrady in the finals. Carter himself declared the competition over after his under-the-leg windmill jam in the first round. John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated
Mason and the rest of the six-player field had the misfortune of following the act of Vince Carter, who didn't defend his title because of a knee injury. Mason won an underwhelming competition over DeShawn Stevenson and Baron Davis. Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated
The field was cut to four and -- in what proved to be an unpopular gimmick -- each player was forced to spin a roulette-type wheel to determine certain dunks. Richardson did a convincing Dominique Wilkins impersonation en route to victory. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
The Warriors' guard beat 2001 champ Desmond Mason to join Michael Jordan as the only back-to-back winners. Needing a 48 on his final attempt to win, Richardson scored a 50 with a between-the-legs, left-handed dunk. Bob Rosato for Sports Illustrated
Jones prevented second-place finisher Jason Richardson from becoming the first three-time champion. The ending was a dud as both Jones and Richardson missed their final attempts. John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated
LeBron James flirted with competing but ultimately ceded the stage to Hawks rookie Smith, who scored 50s on both attempts in the finals, including a windmill dunk while wearing Dominique Wilkins' jersey. Meanwhile, in the first round, Chris (Birdman) Anderson needed eighth tries to complete a dunk. Bill Frakes for Sports Illustrated
The 5-foot-9 Knicks guard missed attempt after attempt but defeated Andre Iguodala in a dunk-off for a controversial victory. Lucy Nicholson-Pool/Getty Images
The Boston swingman paid homage to 1991 champion Dee Brown by shielding his eyes during one spectacular dunk. Green first donned Brown's No. 7 Celtics jersey and jumped over fellow competitor Nate Robinson before completing the one-handed jam. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
Superman took flight as the 6-foot-11 Howard became the tallest winner in event history. Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated
The little man soared highest once again. Robinson would cap the night by donning a green uniform (complete with shoes and matching ball) to play the role of "krypto-Nate" to defending champ Dwight Howard's Superman. He become the fifth two-time winner in the contest's history. John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated
Make that three. The little man from New York took home his third dunk contest crown, beating out DeMar De Rozan with 51 percent of the votes in the final to become the first three-time winner in the event's history. Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated
In front of his hometown fans, Blake Griffin lived up to the hype and edged JaVale McGee to win the 2011 slam dunk title. Griffin's final and most impressive dunk of the night came when he jumped over a car and threw down a two-handed slam while a gospel choir sang "I Believe I Can Fly" at halfcourt. Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated
The 2012 contest lacked the big names and impressive dunks, but there was no shortage of props. In the end, Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, who was a replacement for the injured Iman Shumpert, won it all. Evans wore an eye camera during his first dunk so viewers could get a rim-level view. Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images
In a contest filled with missed dunks, Terrence Ross' consistency reigned supreme. The Raptors' rookie nailed all four of his dunks, including an homage to Raptors great Vince Carter and a between-the-legs dunk over a ball boy, en route to besting defending dunk champ Jeremy Evans. Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated
Answering Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore's dunk in which he leaped over Shaquille O'Neal seated in a king's throne, Wall took the ball from Wizards mascot G-Man, who held it above his head, then brought it down between his legs and slammed down a reverse dunk. Wall's efforts earned him the slam dunker of the night honor, a title that involved a social media component. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
LaVine earned a perfect score (50) with his first dunk of the night, an homage to "Space Jam" between-the-legs reverse effort, and brought the crowd to its feet with three other acrobatic dunks. The Timberwolves guard became the second-youngest player to win the contest. Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
Zach LaVine scored a perfect 50 on his first dunk and needed two dunk-offs to outlast Aaron Gordon for a classic victory. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is looking to keep his dunk contest title this year after winning in 2015, while Andre Drummond, Will Barton, and Aaron Gordon will all be vying to become first-time winners.


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