Power Ranking the NBA's Best Undersized Dunkers
There is no play in basketball quite like the slam dunk. After all, what could be better than a player soaring through the air and ripping the rim down?
Easy: a player who, based on height, should not be able to slam the ball home with such ferocity. An "undersized dunker," if you will.
From Spudd Webb to Nate Robinson, undersized dunkers have captured our hearts and opened our minds to new possibilities within the laws of gravity. Fortunately for you, I've got the best of the best right here on this list.
6. Ty Lawson, 5'11", Denver Nuggets
Ty Lawson posterizes players a foot taller than him.
This may not be a name you expect to see on this list, but Ty Lawson is actually one of the best throwdown artists at his position. His quickness just makes those dunks a little more difficult to witness.
In what can only be described as a fearless pursuit of the rim, Lawson famously flushed it home on D.J. Mbenga, Josh Powell and the Los Angeles Lakers. Let it be noted that both of those players stand approximately one foot taller than Lawson.
With an above-average mid-range game and the foot speed to blow by anyone in transition, the opportunity for an easy two becomes significantly greater.
Just watch closely, because if you blink, you might miss it.
5. Darren Collison, 6'0", Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison makes a poster out of Lou Williams' face.
Darren Collison is graciously listed at 6'0", a mark that most would dispute if they saw it. When it comes to playing above the rim, however, Collison might as well be the quintessential wingman.
Evidenced by his infamous throwdown on Lou Williams, Darren Collison has no issue with flushing it home. His foot speed, agility and leaping ability are all among the best in the NBA.
Between those qualities and the ever-important killer instinct, Collison is a lot to handle, even if his size suggests otherwise.
For those who believe he can only thrive in transition, the Toronto Raptors know that to be false.
4. Brandon Jennings, 6'1", Milwaukee Bucks
Brandon Jennings brings the Melo Center to Life
At 6'1", it's scary to think that Brandon Jennings is now an undersized point guard. Nevertheless, he's far from the type of player who you'd expect to produce highlight-reel dunks.
The fact is, that's exactly what he's capable of. And he won't stop flushing them.
At the NBA level, Jennings has shown no signs of an inability to slam it home. In fact, he's established himself as one of the more highlight-prone players, mainly due to his above-the-rim play.
A prime example of such is the slam he had against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
3. Isaiah Thomas, 5'9", Sacramento Kings
5'9" Isaiah Thomas embarrasses Oregon
Until you've seen Isaiah Thomas rise up and throw it down, you know nothing about undersized athletes.
Thomas let everyone know that he could throw it down as a member of the Washington Huskies, winning the team's slam dunk contest with a Nate Robinson-esque dunk over a 6'9" teammate.
Considering Thomas is a full foot shorter, it's clear why fans and teammates were so excited to witness such a feat.
If Washington can't confirm that, Oregon would be the first in line to reassure the skeptics. His success in the NBA isn't much different.
2. Eric Bledsoe, 6'0.75", Los Angeles Clippers
Shane Battier, meet Eric Bledsoe.
Some will list Eric Bledsoe at 6'1", but in meeting and interviewing the former Kentucky Wildcat, I can tell you that he is no taller than 6'0". For argument's sake, we'll list him at 6'0.75".
Regardless of where you put him, the kid can flat-out dunk it. He can leap like a pogo stick, attack the rim with reckless abandon and take on contact with his muscular frame.
Regardless of what you do to defend him, the kid will send it home.
Although Bledsoe is the least-known name of the original Kentucky trio, he's one of the best dunk artists. Just ask Shane Battier what it feels like to be on his poster.
And just for your daily dose of Blake Griffin highlights...
1. Nate Robinson, 5'9", Golden State Warriors
The NBA honors Nate Robinson.
Three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson is going to top this list any day of the week.
For those who have met Lil' Nate, like myself, you know that the most impressive thing about Robinson's dunks is that he's not 5'9"—he's, at most, 5'7".
Not much needs to be said when the NBA gives you your own video montage of dunks. I'll let his skill speak for itself.