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Making It Look Too Easy

The only time basketball players don't want to be taller
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ZACH LAVINE put on a mean performance when he won the NBA Dunk Contest last Saturday: At 6'5", the T-Wolves' guard matches the average height of the 30 winners since the event was revived in 1984. (It wasn't held in '98 or '99.) Only three previous champions were 6'5", but 16 have been either 6'5", 6'6" or 6'7". A mere three champs have been 6'10" or taller, topped by 6'11" Dwight Howard, while 5'9" Nate Robinson, a three-time winner, has led the 6'1" and under crowd to five victories.

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7'0"

THE SWEET SPOT

6'5"--6'7"

6'6"

6'0"

5'6"

'84 Larry Nance Suns

'85 Dominique Wilkins Hawks

'86 Spud Webb Hawks

'87 Michael Jordan Bulls

'88 Michael Jordan Bulls

'89 Kenny Walker Knicks

'90 Dominique Wilkins Hawks

'91 Dee Brown Celtics

'92 Cedric Ceballos Suns

'93 Harold Miner Heat

'94 Isaiah Rider T-Wolves

'95 Harold Miner Heat

'96 Brent Barry Clippers

'97 Kobe Bryant Lakers

'00 Vince Carter Raptors

'01 Desmond Mason SuperSonics

'02 Jason Richardson Warriors

'03 Jason Richardson Warriors

'04 Fred Jones Pacers

'05 Josh Smith Hawks

'06 Nate Robinson Knicks

'07 Gerald Green Celtics

'08 Dwight Howard Magic

'09 Nate Robinson Knicks

'10 Nate Robinson Knicks

'11 Blake Griffin Clippers

'12 Jeremy Evans Jazz

'13 Terrence Ross Raptors

'14 John Wall Wizards

'15 Zach LaVine T-Wolves

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ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (ROBINSON)

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GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HOWARD)

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