28. Slam Dunk Contest Win
Bryant won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. It wasn’t as glamorous or prestigious as it once was, but this was still a big moment for the young man on his rise to stardom. These events are as big as you make them and in Bryant’s case, it was an opportunity for him to awake the nation.
Bryant still did his best and scored a game-high 31 points in the Rookie Challenge. It was a sign of things to come as he quickly gained a reputation for his fantastic shooting ability. The NBA didn’t quite yet know what was coming.