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The 10 Most Ferocious Dunkers in the 2012 NBA Draft Class

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2012

The 10 Most Ferocious Dunkers in the 2012 NBA Draft Class

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    The 2012 NBA draft class is chock-full of prospects who like to rise up and dunk with authority.

    They play different positions and come in different sizes, but they all love to absolutely posterize their opponents in the paint.

    In the NBA, there is simply nothing more exciting than a high-flying, vicious slam dunk that provides players with momentum while keeping the fans on their feet.

    Although this draft class doesn't feature a Blake Griffin-caliber slam dunk machine, it still features a number of guys that you definitely want to avoid while playing defense under the basket.

    Here's a look at some highlight-reel slams from the most ferocious dunkers of the 2012 draft class.

10. Dion Waiters

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    Dion Waiters emerged from the Syracuse bench last season as a major scoring threat, earning the honors of Big East Sixth Man of the Year.

    The versatile shooting guard, despite technically being a bench player for the Orange, has a very good chance of being a top-10 selection come draft day.

    He may not have great height at 6'4", but his stocky 221-pound frame doesn't seem to have any trouble finding the hoop for some pretty powerful finishes.

    In this clip, he uses his speed to beat the Connecticut front line and elevate to the basket quickly.

9. Jared Cunningham

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    Jared Cunningham is a speedy guard out of Oregon State projected to land somewhere in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

    At just 6'5" and 188 pounds, he utilizes his quickness well and impresses audiences with his ability to get to the basket and finish strong.

    He ranked third in the Pac-12 with his 30 dunks last season and made some serious noise almost every time he slammed it home.

    This clip shows him throwing down a one-handed putback that sends the entire crowd into a frenzy.

8. Perry Jones III

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    The 6'11" power forward from Baylor is a force to be reckoned with under the basket.

    Scouts consider Perry Jones III a high-risk, high-reward prospect. He is projected to land somewhere in the mid-to-late first round.

    He is known for his quickness and excellent leaping ability, which offers most defenders more than they can handle given his size.

    The second-team All-Big 12 player ranked fourth in the conference with 38 dunks last season.

7. Terrence Jones

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    Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stole the show last season on their road to an NCAA championship.

    All eyes are still on these two stars as they enter this year's draft as possibly the first and second overall picks.

    But there are plenty of other quality players from Kentucky who have decided to make the leap to the NBA early, Terrence Jones included.

    At 6'10", Jones showcased his ability to play at both of the forward positions last year behind Davis and MKG.

    Regardless of whether he is slotted at the 3 or 4 next season, he will continue to rely on his quickness and athleticism to attack the hoop and play above the rim with a fiery passion.

6. Terrence Ross

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    University of Washington's Terrence Ross is NBA-bound after just two years at the collegiate level.

    Depending on how the draft plays out, he could potentially end up being the school's first lottery pick since Spencer Hawes went 10th overall in 2007.

    The 6'7", 197-pound shooting guard has a very quick first step, which allows him to beat defenders to the hoop.

    Scouts commend him on his ability to dunk in traffic or handle the alley-oop well, using his length to his advantage while demonstrating excellent body control.

    Ross is one of those guys you can't allow to slip through the cracks, as Stanford found out the hard way in this clip featuring a monster jam.

5. Thomas Robinson

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    Thomas Robinson put on quite the show last year for the Kansas Jayhawks, totaling an impressive 62 dunks on the season.

    This 6'9" power forward is a lock to go in the top five of this year's draft, and scouts believe he will transition into an effective NBA player in no time.

    The Big 12 Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-America selection is known for his great leaping abilities and athleticism.

    When you combine Robinson's size with his explosiveness, you have a serious threat on your hands.

4. Anthony Davis

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    Ever wonder what it'd be like to get dunked on by a 6'11", 220-pound teenager with a 7'6" wingspan?

    Just watch this video of a Wildcats fan who had the pleasure of experiencing it firsthand.

    Anthony Davis, the soon to be No. 1 pick of the 2012 NBA draft, is an all-around star.

    He can rebound, block shots, post up and even shoot the J with confidence.

    We've seen him jam on the competition time and time again, as he led all college players with 90 dunks last season.

    When this man is attacking the hoop, you would be well advised to get the heck out of his way.

3. Harrison Barnes

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    Harrison Barnes is a likely top-five draft pick and will be the first Tar Heel taken this year.

    He's known for his smooth shooting and high-scoring potential, but he also knows how to rise above the rim and really bring down the house.

    Despite scouts' criticism of a slow first step, he has still demonstrated the ability to make good cuts to the hoop and get easy buckets.

    Dick Vitale couldn't have said it any better in this clip, as Barnes truly takes us to "Jam City," baby.

2. Andre Drummond

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    One would hope that a 7'0", 279-pound big man can attack the basket with authority. 

    Luckily for the University of Connecticut, that is precisely what Andre Drummond did all last season.

    The big freshman from UConn recorded 76 dunks in 2011-12, second only to Kentucky's freshman star, Anthony Davis.

    The footage here shows him absolutely abusing Harvard's defense down low with five slams in one game.

1. Quincy Acy

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    Quincy Acy may not be the biggest guy on this list, but his tenacity above the rim has made him the most ferocious dunker of the 2012 NBA draft class.

    Baylor's 6'8" power forward made a name for himself all season long, as he continued to posterize the opposition week in and week out.

    The dominant dunker led the Big 12 with 63 total slam dunks last season, accounting for almost 40 percent of his made field goals.

    Just watch this clip as he dunks not once, not twice, but 10 times in one game, putting the entire Texas Longhorns team to shame.

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