NBA Slam Dunk Contest prize money: How much does the winner make in 2024?

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest has been a hit-or-miss event for the last decade or so, but the event has something new this year: an All-Star.

Sure, plenty of All-Stars have participated in the contest before, but it’s been six years since a current All-Star (Victor Oladipo) tested his dunking skills in the final All-Star Saturday Night event.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown will take the court at Lucas Oil Stadium looking to inject even more life back into the Dunk Contest, but he won’t be the favorite. That designation belongs to Mac McClung, who won the event a year ago. 

Brown and McClung will be joined by Knicks forward Jacob Toppin, brother of former Dunk Contest champion Obi Toppin, and Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr.

How much money is on the line? Here’s a look at what the Slam Dunk Contest winner will make on Saturday.

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest prize money

The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) calls for $105,000 to be awarded to the Slam Dunk Contest winner.

While $105,000 may be a drop in the bucket for the league’s highest-paid players, perhaps one reason why it’s been so difficult for the NBA to convince All-Stars to participate, the prize would be meaningful for other contestants.

Toppin is on a two-way deal with the Knicks, making well under $1 million, while McClung is on an Exhibit 10 contract with the Magic. The prize would even be a nice bonus for Jaquez, who is making $3.5 million as a rookie. 

Three-time Dunk Contest winner Nate Robinson, now working as a “Chief Dunk Officer” for All-Star Weekend, recently told Sportico that he believes bigger names would participate if the prize was $1 million. For now, at least, the winner of Saturday’s contest will walk away with $105,000.

NBA All-Star Saturday Night prize breakdown

The Slam Dunk Contest prize is easily the largest of the three All-Star Saturday Night events.

Event Prize
Slam Dunk Contest $105,000
3-Point Contest $60,000
Skills Challenge $55,000

While Robinson claims the Dunk Contest might attract different players if the prize was significantly higher than $105,000, the 3-Point Contest hasn’t struggled to land big names despite only a $60,000 reward. 

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest winners

Year  Winner Team Location
2023 Mac McClung Philadelphia 76ers Salt Lake City
2022 Obi Toppin New York Knicks Cleveland
2021 Anfernee Simons Portland Trail Blazers Atlanta
2020 Derrick Jones Jr. Miami Heat Chicago
2019 Hamidou Diallo Oklahoma City Thunder Charlotte
2018 Donovan Mitchell  Utah Jazz Los Angeles
2017  Glenn Robinson III Indiana Pacers New Orleans
2016  Zach LaVine  Minnesota Timberwolves Toronto
2015  Zach LaVine  Minnesota Timberwolves New York City
2014 John Wall Washington Wizards New Orleans
2013  Terrence Ross Toronto Raptors Houston
2012  Jeremy Evans  Utah Jazz Orlando
2011  Blake Griffin  LA Clippers Los Angeles
2010  Nate Robinson  New York Knicks Dallas
2009  Nate Robinson  New York Knicks Phoenix
2008  Dwight Howard Orlando Magic New Orleans
2007  Gerald Green   Boston Celtics Las Vegas
2006  Nate Robinson  New York Knicks Houston
2005  Josh Smith Atlanta Hawks Denver
2004  Fred Jones Indiana Pacers Los Angeles
2003  Jason Richardson  Golden State Warriors Atlanta
2002  Jason Richardson Golden State Warriors Philadelphia
2001  Desmond Mason Seattle SuperSonics Washington, D.C.
2000  Vince Carter Toronto Raptors Oakland
1997  Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Cleveland
1996  Brent Barry LA Clippers San Antonio
1995  Harold Miner Miami Heat Phoenix
1994  Isiah Rider Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota
1993 Harold Miner  Miami Heat Salt Lake City
1992  Cedric Ceballos Phoenix Suns Orlando
1991  Dee Brown Boston Celtics Charlotte
1990  Dominique Wilkins  Atlanta Hawks Miami
1989  Kenny Walker New York Knicks Houston
1988  Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Chicago
1987  Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Seattle
1986 Spud Webb Atlanta Hawks Dallas
1985 Dominique Wilkins  Atlanta Hawks Indianapolis
1984  Larry Nance  Phoenix Suns Denver

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