5 Most Amazing Dunkers in Philadelphia 76ers History

Michael FoglianoAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2012

5 Most Amazing Dunkers in Philadelphia 76ers History

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    The Philadelphia 76ers are a team rich in history and athletic high-flyers.

    In order for one to be regarded as a top dunker, they need to have the athleticism and flashy touch to their dunks.

    Athleticism is something very prevalent in modern basketball, but in the earlier days basketball mainly focused on the fundamentals. That being said, a majority of the players on this list are from the earlier days (with one surprise from modern times).

    Since there has been so much talk around this season's expectations, I think it's appropriate to take a more fun and entertaining spin this week. So sit back, relax and have your mind blown by these amazing dunkers.

Rodney Carney

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    OK, I get that he didn't amount to much in the league. But when looking at solely athleticism and dunking abilities, Rodney Carney could get up in the air.

    This also is to show that modern basketball is at a peak in athleticism. It shouldn't be surprising that a bench player in this league is ridiculously athletic (can somebody say Nate Robinson? Jeremy Evans?)

    For those of you who doubt this pick, get a load of this: when Andre Iguodala and Carney were playing together, Iguodala regarded Carney as the better dunker of the two.

    The dunk on Dwyane Wade? Running in transition, receiving a last-second pass from Lou Williams, and set his feet perfectly for a powerful slam is incredibly difficult. Yet, he makes it look so easy.

    True, he didn't last a long time here and didn't make the impact Philadelphia wanted him to. Nevertheless, he deserves credit for his dunks.

Wilt Chamberlain

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    How do you make a greatest anything list about the Sixers and not include Wilt Chamberlain? It's just not possible.

    Chamberlain had size. His 7'1", 275-pound stature was simply unheard of at the time. His size and athleticism made him the most dominant force to ever play the game of basketball.

    In case you forgot how amazing of a player this man was, in his first nine seasons of his career he averaged 36 points and 24.6 rebounds per game.

    It was hard to find some video of his dunks, but this highlight reel shows a lot of what he accomplished on the floor (dunks start around the four-minute mark).

Darryl Dawkins

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    Darryl Dawkins is another player known for his amazing dunks.

    The 6'11", 251-pound power forward was one of the strongest players to walk on the court during his time. In fact, he broke the backboard numerous times.

    As a Sixers, Dawkins averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while also helping bring them to the Finals three times.

    Although Dawkins may not have lived up to fifth overall pick potential, he certainly made a statement as a dunker.

Andre Iguodala

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    Andre Iguodala is by far one of the most athletic players in Sixers history and one of the top dunkers in the game today.

    The best thing Iguodala brings to the game is his athleticism. It allows him to be fast in transition, play great defense and of course bring home show-stopping dunks.

    You can find a million and one amazing dunks featuring Iguodala. His showcase at the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest says enough in itself. However, the one I decided to go with was his slam over Paul Pierce in the conference semifinals last season.

    In a play that looked like it was about to result into a turnover, Iguodala received the ball and immediately drove to the hoop for the slam. This dunk tied the game in the third quarter and single-handedly elevated the momentum of Philadelphia, and helped go on to force a Game 7.

    It was a game-changer.

    It will be an unusual feeling not seeing Iguodala in a Sixers uniform next season, but there is no doubt he left his mark as an amazing dunker.

    Note: Every Sixers fan is still bitter from the outcome of the 2006 slam dunk contest. We all know Nate Robinson only won because he's small.

Julius Erving

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    Julius Erving has to be regarded as the most amazing dunker  in Sixers history. He's simply been an iconic figure for so long.

    As a Sixer, he averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds, nearly four assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. The 6'6" athletic swingman was a jack of all trades. He could literally do everything.

    When searching for dunks to display, there were honestly too many to choose from. I went with his dunk over Bob Gross in Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals.

    He picks up the ball at the foul line, palms it with one hand, and it looks like he flies to the hoop. Anticipating the pass from the get-go just puts the icing on the cake.

    Also note that this wasn't the only amazing dunk Erving made that game. In the second quarter he also found a way to posterize Bill Walton. 

    He's not only one of the Sixers' greats, but one of the most sensational in NBA history as well.