The Top 5 Most Amazing Dallas Mavericks Dunkers in Recent Memory

Haddon Anderson@HaddonAndersonAnalyst ISeptember 11, 2012

The Top 5 Most Amazing Dallas Mavericks Dunkers in Recent Memory

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    The Dallas Mavericks may not have the richest history of amazing dunkers, but there have been a handful of leapers through the years who have defied gravity.

    You won't see the greatest Mav in history, Dirk Nowitzki, on this list. His game is a rarity in this day and age. He's an elite level player who doesn't play "above the rim," in blatant contrast to superstars LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.

    On this list you will see current and former Mavericks who have delighted fans with their high-flying jams. Here are the top five most amazing dunkers in Mavs history.

5. Shawn Marion

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    Shawn Marion epitomizes what it means to be a "slasher." His slashing abilities often lead to offensive rebounds, put backs and rim-rattling throw downs in transition.

    "The Matrix" has only been with Dallas since 2009, but it has been a memorable past three seasons. The apex of it was obviously winning the 2011 championship, where Marion's athletic ability was invaluable on both ends of the floor.

    His value has been known in the league for awhile now, and it is also known amongst the fans. Marion frequently pleases the crowd with his highlight reel jams (as well as his awkward looking jump shot), and his leaping ability and accomplishments the past three seasons will be etched in Mavs lore for years to come.

4. Tyson Chandler

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    Tyson Chandler played for the Mavs for only one season, but it was an unforgettable one.

    In 2010-11, his defensive prowess and ferocious finishes around the rim proved to be the final piece to the championship puzzle. (Watch the video if you're not convinced his finishes were ferocious.)

    The Mavs were clearly a different team when they had Chandler in the mix. He brought an intensity that was lacking in years prior and also lacking last season after he departed for New York.

    Part of Chandler's intensity was his aggressiveness near the rim, which featured not only powerful slams but also the look of intimidator after the ball flushed through the net.

    He, like Marion, will be etched in Mavs lore for years, because of his overall tenacity and beastly abilities in the paint.

3. Josh Howard

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    Josh Howard spent six-and-a-half seasons with the Mavs, and he became known for his versatility and ability to score in a bevy of ways.

    One of those ways was dunking, and this happened at a high frequency.

    Howard was similar to Marion in the sense that his dunks often came in transition. (Check out the video for an eye-opening transition slam.)

    Howard's game has always been based on athleticism, and during a stretch in the mid-2000's, Howard was a formidable above-the-rim threat. 

    He was dealt prior to the Mavs' title run in 2011, so his name will not likely be cherished in Mavs history down the road.

    However, when it comes to the top dunks in Mavs history, Howard surely has a handful on the list.

2. Vince Carter

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    I know what you're thinking.

    How does 35-year-old Vince Carter make this list after playing just one season in Dallas?

    Because he's one of the greatest dunkers of all time, and if you're not convinced that Vince can still throw down, watch the video of his highlights from last season in Big D.

    That video should convince you that "Vinsanity" still has something left in the tank. Those jams, particularly the one on Emeka Okafor, are some of the most thrilling jams in Mavs history.

    Carter may only have one season in Dallas under his belt and it came at the age of 35, but he still wowed fans with his leaping abilities that have been awed upon for years. 

    His prime dunking days came with Toronto and New Jersey, but he has now worn a Mavs uniform and therefore ranks near the top of this list.

1. Michael Finley

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    Michael Finley was a mainstay in Dallas for eight seasons, and those prime years of his career featured plenty of epic slams.

    "Fin dog" was a remarkable scorer and steady complement to Dirk Nowitzki for years, and his ability to attack the rim ranked at an elite level.

    His dunking abilities were so elite that he once threw it down in the face of 7'6'' Yao Ming (see video). This feat coupled with the fact that he was a Mav for many years situates Finley at the top of this list.

    He was a dynamic player in many ways, and one of the primary ways was his undeniable ability to dunk in crowd-pleasing fashion.