Top 5 Most Amazing Dunkers in LA Clippers History
The Los Angeles Clippers have a storied history of high-flying, rim-shaking dunkers.
While the team has not been as successful as the storied Lakers, whom they share the Staples Center with, highlights have been something the Clippers produce in bundles.
Clipper games have become a spectacle, with all eyes in the arena focused on not missing the next highlight-reel dunk.
However, this is not something new or just a product of Blake Griffin's amazing athleticism.
The early 2000 Clipper teams were equally as impressive, at least from a highlight perspective.
Before that, Brent Barry was gliding over the paint in a Clipper jersey, World B. Free was spinning in midair and Bob McAdoo was throwing down blistering dunks.
Let's forget wins and losses for a second and highlight the five most amazing dunkers in Clipper history.
5. Corey Maggette
Entering the draft as an underclassman from Duke, Corey Maggette already had an NBA-caliber body and elite athleticism.
His chiseled frame allowed him to bowl his way through the paint and absorb contact while throwing down thunderous dunks.
Maggette helped transform the Clippers in the early 2000s into one of the most exciting teams in the league, thanks in part to his fearless rim assaults.
He attempted to take home the 2001 Slam Dunk Award, but fell short to Desmond Mason’s amazing performance.
While he ultimately ended up spurning the Clippers to sign with the Golden State Warriors, Maggette will forever live in Clipper lore thanks to his powerful dunks and helping the Clippers win their first playoff game in over a decade in 2006.
4. DeAndre Jordan
Undoubtedly one of the most athletic big men in the league, DeAndre Jordan may not have the hype of his Lob City teammate, Blake Griffin, but he can throw down equally impressive dunks.
Jordan was one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the country in 2007.
Choosing Texas A&M over countless other major programs, Jordan would display his amazing athleticism in college for only one year, despite struggling as a freshman.
Consequentially, Jordan would fall to the 35th pick in the 2008 draft due to his inconsistent play during his year at Texas A&M. In hindsight, things could not have worked out better for the young big man, as he helped transform the Clippers into one of the best teams in the NBA.
Blessed with amazing athletic ability, Jordan is known for rim-rattling dunks and finishing impressive alley-oops from Chris Paul.
His development and potential as a Clipper earned him a four year, $43 million contract in 2011, keeping Lob City alive and dunking.
3. Darius Miles
Darius Miles was selected third overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2000, making him the highest-drafted high school player in NBA history at the time.
The bouncy Miles would go on to make first-team NBA All-Rookie thanks to his breathtaking athleticism which allowed him to play above the rim.
Perhaps best known as Quinton Richardson’s head-tapping partner, Miles’ athletic finishes unfortunately became few and far between due to knee injuries which forced him to have microfracture surgery.
Miles’ athleticism was stripped, and he could not stay healthy, but fans still remember him as one of the most exciting players in the NBA upon entering the league.
Thanks to his amazing dunks, Darius Miles would become extremely popular and garner major fan support, leading to a short acting career.
2. World B. Free
Lloyd Bernard Free is one of the greatest Clippers of all time.
The “Prince of Midair” averaged 30.2 points per game for the San Diego Clippers in 1979-80.
Free would finish second in the league in scoring twice while playing for the Clippers, but he would forever be known for his amazing 360-degree dunks.
The Brooklyn native had incredible hops, and he was rumored to have a 44-inch vertical.
Despite his athletic prowess and amazing scoring ability, Free would bounce around the league in his decade-long career, playing for six teams in the NBA and two in the USBL.
1. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin’s arrival in Los Angeles helped transform the Clippers into Lob City.
Known for his superior athleticism, Griffin is an athletic marvel who can dunk with finesse or with blistering power.
Nearly everyone has seen his dunk on Kendrick Perkins, which sent Twitter and Facebook on fire instantly after it occurred.
Thanks to Griffin’s highlight-reel dunks, ESPN’s SportsCenter began a Blake Griffin highlight alert because his thundering dunks were so common.
Should you attend a Clipper game, make sure you do not leave your seat when Griffin is on the floor, because a highlight from the athletic big man is only seconds away.
Missing his next amazing dunk because you needed some popcorn is a cardinal sin, so keep your eyes open.