Showdown 2010


  • The NBA and Sprite, with the help of LeBron James, are bringing the best amateur dunkers in the U.S. to the NBA All-Star Weekend 2010 in Dallas to crown a Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown champion.
  • One champion dunker will be selected in each of the six Slam Dunk Showdown cities, winning $1,000 and other great prizes.
  • Two champions will be selected via the online video submission contest.
  • Of the eight total champions, the public will vote for their favorites and the top four dunkers will be sent to the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas to compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize.
  • Taurian Fontenette, 6-2, a.k.a. “Air Up There” and “Mr.720” – Fontenette, 27, of Hitchcock, Texas, is an 11–year dunking veteran who won the semifinal competition in Dallas.
  • Carlos Smothers, 6-0, a.k.a. “Los” – Smothers, 21, from Union City, Calif., is the only finalist to clinch a spot in the Showdown through the online competition by uploading his dunk clip to He has been dunking since he was 13.
  • Haneef Munir, 5-10, a.k.a. “Young Hollywood” – Los Angeles native Munir, 21, has been dunking for more than seven years and won the semifinal competition in his hometown.
  • Willie Barnes, 6-6, a.k.a. “Flyte” – Barnes, 28, hailing from Wilson, N.C., brings 10 years of dunking experience to the Showdown and is the winner of the semifinal competition in Washington, D.C.


  • Taurian “Air Up There” Fontenette, one of the world best amateur dunkers, was the clear winner of the first NBA Slam Dunk Showdown. He defeated Carlos Smothers in the final round winning the text message voting.

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