The Top 5 Most Amazing Dunkers in San Antonio Spurs History
In this day and age, the San Antonio Spurs have drawn the notorious label of "boring" due to their simplistic style of play.
They aren't flashy with their scoring, constantly electing to take the simpler shot over the more garish one that will draw "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd.
Alley-oops—and dunks in general—are a rarity with the Spurs, yet this toned-down style of play has not always existed in the San Antonio atmosphere.
Throughout their history, the Spurs have claimed several sensational dunkers as their own, and even recently—despite the "boring" playing style—the Spurs have witnessed their fair share of rim-rattlers.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show—as I present to you, the best dunkers in Spurs history.
This was the moment Sean Elliott "baptized" Vlade Divac.
He may have been better known for his all-around scoring ability, but this beautiful slam summarizes why Sean Elliott belongs on this list.
His leaping ability was flawless, sending him soaring above opponents. At times, Elliott seemed to fly so high that he could practically kiss the rim.
Nobody wanted to be on the other end when he charged down the paint, as they would inevitably become one of Elliot's "poster" victims.
He may not have gained recognition for his ability to power it home, but his acrobatic jumping ability is definitely enough to earn him a spot on this list.
He pulled this beauty off during his collegiate years.
Johnny Dawkins' professional career never lived up to the hype that surrounded the stud after he graduated, but the Duke alum continued his dunking spectacle once he entered the NBA.
After being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 10th pick in 1986, the former Naismith College Player of the Year watched his level of dominance slowly decrease; however, he never lost a bit of athleticism.
Known for his flashy slam dunks, Dawkins provided the Spurs with one of the most exciting players in their history. Dawkins was awarded an invitation to the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest, though he failed to bring home the title.
Still, there is no doubt that Dawkins was one of the most explosive highflyers that the Spurs ever witnessed.
Enjoy what little footage we have of this highflyer.
Larry Kenon was a fantastic scorer, from everywhere on the floor, but he certainly left his mark when it came to dunking. He was exciting, constantly wowing the crowd with his acrobatic slams.
At 6'9'', Kenon was an athletic freak, constantly using his outstanding leaping ability to soar above opponents, leading to powerful and creative slams.
He also used his athleticism to rebound, though his ability to throw the ball down with force was Kenon's most explosive trait.
He competed in the inaugural Slam Dunk Contest in 1976, when the Spurs were still a member of the ABA.
His age makes it hard to find adequate footage, as the scarce amount available doesn't do justice to his electrifying talent—yet even with the few videos available, it is plain to see that Kenon had a gift when it came to dunking.
And you thought he was boring...
If you're a more recent follower of the Association, the words "Duncan" and "Dunk" may seem like polar opposites, despite their similar sounds. However, those who have been devout watchers—especially of the Spurs—can appreciate Tim Duncan's ability to slam it down, especially during the early stages of his career.
While his vicious slams are slowly fading, during his prime, Duncan threw down his fair share of rim-rattlers, though his dunks were only an iota of what made him great.
Even in his later years, the Big Fundamental hasn't completely abandoned the dunk, as evidenced by this merciless slam over Serge Ibaka.
While Duncan will be remembered for his focus on the fundamentals, it would be foolish to completely forget his once-great dunking ability.
Seriously, this man was a freak of nature.
David Robinson was an athletic phenomenon. Standing at 7'1'', few would expect the giant of a player to have both speed and leaping ability on his side.
However, Robinson was the complete package, excelling at every athletic category to supplement his size. His talents were outstanding, too, but from a pure athleticism standpoint, Robinson is one of the greatest at his position—second only to Wilt Chamberlain.
His explosiveness and ability to elevate led to numerous poster-slams throughout the duration of his highly acclaimed career, as shown above.