Jacob Toppin dunk: Knicks rookie showcases epic ‘lost and found’ jam he was saving for Dunk Contest finals

Jacob Toppin wowed basketball fans with some epic jams at the 2024 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but he was saving his best move for last.

His opportunity to present it never came.

Toppin posted respectable marks of 47.8 and 47.2 on his opening-round dunks at the event for a cumulative total of 95 points out of 100. However, both Mac McClung (97.4) and Jaylen Brown (96.4) finished ahead of Toppin to clinch berths in the finals and eliminate him from the competition.

As a result, Toppin never got to showcase his two-handed “lost and found” dunk.

That changed when NBA Dunk Contest coach Chuck Millan posted a video of Toppin’s two-handed jam to X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.

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Jacob Toppin’s ‘lost and found’ dunk

Toppin’s dunk is complex. It involves him throwing a behind-the-back pass to himself in mid-air and finishing the slam with two hands. While doing that, Toppin completes a full, 360-degree rotation, adding to the dunk’s difficulty.

That’s why Toppin is the only player in the world to finish off the two-handed version of this dunk, per Millan.

Suffice to say that dunk would have thrilled the crowd on hand at Lucas Oil Stadium for the NBA All-Star Weekend event. Alas, Toppin didn’t follow in the footsteps of his brother Obi, as Brown and McClung edged him out in the standings to set up a one-on-one showdown in the final round.

Perhaps Toppin should have opened with his best dunk, but it makes sense that he saved it as a potential exclamation point to cap off his strong Dunk Contest performance.

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Who won the NBA Dunk Contest in 2024?

McClung ultimately beat Brown in the final round of the Dunk Contest after he cleared 7-foot Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and logged a reverse two-handed jam.

McClung was given a perfect 50 for that maneuver, guaranteeing him a 98.8 to 97.8 victory over Brown to repeat as the NBA’s Slam Dunk champion.

Toppin finished third in the contest after logging 95 points across the first two rounds. Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. finished last despite his respectable score of 94.2 points for the contest.

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