Power Ranking the NBA's Most Clever In-Traffic Dunkers

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Power Ranking the NBA's Most Clever In-Traffic Dunkers
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There's an art form in the NBA that counts many different styles of artists. From the former expressionists like Dominique Wilkins, the impressionists like Shawn Kemp, the classical romantic Julius Erving and the newer, more complex new-age stuff from guys like Vince Carter.

I'm talking, of course, about the ability to dunk a ball with a bunch of dudes in between you and the basket. 

There are many different ways of getting it done, each with its own interesting, exciting caveats, but it's easy to tell when one guy is just better at it than others.

For instance, the raw power of Shawn Kemp probably hasn't been rivaled until Blake Griffin showed up in the league a few years back, while the creative, seemingly endless renditions of classic in-lane dunks, whether power or finesse, have been duplicated by many guys since the likes of Erving, just tweaked over the years.

And then there are the new-age guys. Vince Carter and his abstract expressionist style that made him the most awe-inspiring in-traffic dunker possibly of all-time at his peak was one of the greatest we've ever seen.

Meanwhile, an almost surrealist movement headlined (and really only exhibited) by guys like JaVale McGee continue to astound as he seems to melt his way to a bucket.

Whatever the direction taken, the two points that ensue count for the same thing across the board, except they are the most exciting, crowd-pumping two points possible.

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