LeBron James vs. Blake Griffin: Whose Dunk Was Better?
Poor John Lucas III.
While he did have the best seat in the house to watch LeBron's monstrous dunk, he didn't get the chance because he was looking down as James sailed over him.
Also, poor Kendrick Perkins.
He thought it would be a smart idea to step in front of the 2011 Slam Dunk Competition winner and attempt to block his route to the basket.
Very bad choice.
Two men, two very good dunks. But which one was better?
Was the fact that James sailed over the 5'11'' Lucas with barely any effort, evidence that this was the better of the two? Or was is possibly the way Blake completely ignored the laws of gravity (and Perkins) to ferociously slam down the dunk?
After looking over the tapes, I've come to a conclusion. Take a look, and decide for yourself.
LeBron's Dunk over John Lucas III
Wade knows when LeBron is looking for the alley-oop and knows exactly where to put it. In this case, placement wasn't so difficult as it was the 5'11'' Lucas who somehow found himself guarding LeBron.
After an attempt to create some sort of contact between him and LeBron, Lucas simply tried to get out of the way in order to not hurt himself.
The look LeBron gave Lucas afterwards completes the legend this dunk has created.
Blake Griffin's Dunk over Kendrick Perkins
Perkins knew halfway up that he had no chance to block Griffin.
But by then, it was too late.
Perkins, instead, is used as Griffin's ladder, assisting in his attempt to climb ever higher towards the rim.
Griffin's throwdown-style slam brings back memories of his dunk against then-New York Knick Timofey Mozgov. Both dunks strike an eerie resemblance in the way they were executed.
The fact that Perkins was almost pushing Griffin away from the rim puts the exclamation point on this glamorous dunk.
So Which Dunk Was Better?
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There's no doubt that both of these dunks will go down as two of the best in NBA history.
What makes them great is, not only the fact that they are completed by the two most explosive players in the NBA, but that they show off the extreme athleticism these two men have.
But, in my opinion, Blake's dunk trumps LeBron's because, while LeBron did jump over the tiny Lucas, Griffin was able to dunk the ball while being forced backwards by a defender.
Griffin had the ability to not only continue towards the basket, but use Perkins as his own personal ladder to assist him on his way to the top.
WINNER: Blake Griffin