10 Historical Dunkers We'd Love to Pair with Chris Paul

Alex EppCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2012

10 Historical Dunkers We'd Love to Pair with Chris Paul

0 of 10

    The main priority of the NBA is to provide entertainment for the fans. Monster dunks and flashy ally-oops are two of the spectacular ways athletes entertain.

    Chris Paul is one of today's best passers, making the dunks and ally-oops possible. After much deliberation, here is a list of 10 that I would love to see paired with Chris Paul.

10. Anthony "Spud" Webb

1 of 10

    Nothing is better than seeing a one of the smallest players in NBA history go up for a monster dunk.

    Anthony Webb was nicknamed Spud (short for Sputnik) by his grandmother as a baby. Webb, standing at a mere five feet seven inches, is the shortest player to have played in and won the dunk contest.

    If Chris Paul and Spud Webb could be paired up it would be one entertaining show.

9. Larry Nance

2 of 10

    Larry Nance is known as one of the leagues elite dunkers, but he became legendary when he defeated Julius Erving, in the inaugural 1984 dunk contest in Denver, Colorado.

    Nance won the dunk contest dunking reverse with a ball in each hand. His ability to elevate and stay elevated would be sure to lead to some impressive ally-oops from Chris Paul.

8. Darryl Dawkins

3 of 10

    Nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, Darryl Dawkins had possibly one of the most diverse personalities in the NBA during his career. His ferocious dunks and his names for them quickly got him some notoriety.

    He gave his dunks names such as the Go-Rilla, the Yo Mama the Spine Chiller Supreme, and the In Your Face Disgrace. Paired with Chris Paul, the names would only get bigger and bolder.

7. Connie Hawkins

4 of 10

    Connie Hawkins had a very interesting route to the Hall of Fame including playing with the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League, the Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association, tours with the Harlem Globetrotters, and three different NBA teams over seven seasons.

    Hawkins legend entered the books with his high flying acrobatic dunks. If he could continue his legendary dunking with Chris Paul the art form would be taken to another level.

6. Clyde Drexler

5 of 10

    Clyde Drexler, known as Clyde the Glide for his exceptional leaping ability and overall laid back personality, is also one of only two people to have participated in five dunk contests.

    Drexler first became know for his dunks when in college at the University of Houston. With a great passer to set up Drexler, like Chris Paul, the dunks are there to be made.

5. Julius Erving

6 of 10

    Known as Dr. J, Erving's thunderous dunks include his famous (or infamous if you're Michael Cooper) Rock the Baby dunk.

    Erving's name is possibly more attached to the slam dunk than any other player in the NBA. With Chris Paul and the Dr. together the possibilities for something amazing are endless.

4. Shawn Kemp

7 of 10

    Shawn Kemp was probably one of the more agile and more athletic centers of his era. Kemp was nicknamed the "Reign Man" by the the Seattle SuperSonic's radio announcer Kevin Calabro.

    Kemp was capable of throwing down like no one else had in his position before.

3. Vince Carter

8 of 10

    Vince Carter first received attention for his high-flying acts when he played for North Carolina. Carter won the 2000 dunk contest with the “elbow dunk”.

    But he would receive international fame a few months later during Team USA’s gold medal run at the Sydney Olympics, where he dunked over French 7-footer Frederic Weis. That dunk became known as le dunk de la mort or "the dunk of death".

    Even though Vince Carter isn’t quite historical yet, if he and Chris Paul could have met up in their primes there would be more seven footers getting dunked on.

2. Michael Jordan

9 of 10

    Michael Jordan's image flying toward the rim is one of the most widely known symbols in all of sports. Throughout his career he set the standards and he set them high.

    Though they may never be passed he has inspired many athletes across multiple sports. During his 3 dunk contest appearances he scored a perfect 50 seven times. This record still stands today so clearly Jordan and Paul would be able to hook up for some impressive dunks.

1. David Thompson

10 of 10

    David Thompson was nicknamed “Skywalker” because of his alleged 48-inch vertical leap. Thanks to this incredible leaping ability, Thompson popularized the alley-oop during his career at North Carolina State. Even today he is given credit to having invented the ally-oop.

    It is for this reason that David “Skywalker” Thompson gets the number one slot. Chris Paul, a great passer, with the inventor of the ally-oop couldn’t get much better.