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Yes. In 1976 the ABA held the first ever dunk contest. (It would also be its last since the ABA merged with the NBA following the 1976 season.)The contest was held at halftime of the ABA All Star Game in Denver, CO.The contestants were Artis Gilmore, George "Iceman" Gervin, David "Skywalker" Thompson, Julius and one other player. They all had to perform certain dunks and 1 freestyle dunk. David Thompson did a 2 handed 360 on the baseline and some other great dunks but Julius won the contest and performed his famous free throw line dunk. When the NBA brought back the dunk contest for All Star Weekend in Denver in 1984 Julius went up against younger players who grew up idolizing him. He came in 2nd to Larry Nance that year and passed the torch to the next generation of dunkers.

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