All-Star Weekend where the best of the best athletes in the sport compete in various competitions to showcase their talents and skills for the fans of the game. This weekend marks the NBA all-star with one of the best competitions known as the dunk off. Although the entire weekend is filled with stars from the best 3-point shooters, the best playmakers, and the comeback of Hall fame, NBA, & WNBA players. The dunk off is seen as the best event of the night. Nothing makes a crowd more hyped, more energized, and more amazed than the dunk off. So to get our blood boiling and minds thinking about what can possible come next in this year’s dunk off. We look at 5 of the most amazing, athletic, ferocious, and chaw dropping dunkers the NBA has ever witnessed.
#5) At number 5 Kobe Bryant aka “Black Mamba” takes the spot with his ability to attack the rim from the baseline finishing off some amazing dunks. Kobe one of the best players in the NBA from the Los Angeles Lakers, has the strength and agility to finish dunks on and over players as well as performing reverse dunks, which helped him to win the 1997 Slam Dunk Championship.
#4) At number 4 Julius Erving aka “DR.J” was one of the pioneers of dunking, he had the power and leaping ability to dunk on players from distance even with contact. Dr. J was famously known for his one-handed tomahawks and double clutch dunks. He was able to put on a show for the crowd with these dunks and that helped him to become a Slam Dunk Champion 1976.
#3) At number 3 Michael Jordan aka “Air Jordan” is probably known as the best player in the NBA of all time. Winning countless accolades like the Most Valuable Player and NBA titles, Jordan was also known the throw down with the best of them. Jordan had the ability to perform a wide variety of dunks, but his one trademark was the sticking out of his tongue. Jordan was a two-time winner of the Slam Dunk Contest winning back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988.
#2) At number 2 Dominique Wilkins aka “The Human Highlight Film” is definitely one of the best dunkers the NBA had ever seen. Wilkins practically loved to dunk on opponents as it seemed fun, which in most cases it was. Wilkins made himself known to be one of the best in-game dunkers by dunking on players even when he didn’t have too. If there was an easy jump shot or man waiting at the rim, Wilkins would choose to dunk on the guy then take the shot which made it more entertaining to watch him and the Atlanta Hawks. Dominique Wilkins a two-time Slam Dunk Champion in 1985 and 1990, but he could have possibly been a 3 time champ, had he beaten Michael Jordan in 1988 in one of the best dunks contests ever.
#1) At number 1 Vince Carter aka “Vinsanity” is probably the most jaw dropping dunker the NBA has ever witnessed. Vince Carter was able to throw down the best alley-oops, the best one-handed and two-handed dunks, and even his most iconic move the windmill. Carter played for the Toronto Raptors from 1998-2004 and these were the years in which he revolutionized the way dunks were performed both in-game and in a contest. Carter had an amazing vertical leap and he showed this every time he dunked. Carter was famous for his dunk during the Olympics where he dunked completely over a 7 foot center, as well as his 4 dunks in the 2000 slam dunk contest in which he won scoring a 50 on a between the legs dunk that is still an amazing moment for people to watch.
Now this concludes the list of the top 5 dunkers in the NBA history, but this can also be seen as my own opinion, but there is always room for debate. There are plenty of other players over the years who could make an attempt to be on this list, but who they are I don’t know. So that leaves the question, who are your top 5 dunkers in the history of the NBA? Hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it gets you excited for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend.
Kuldeep Sandhu sports writer & student at Humber