Reclassifying NBA Dunkers

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Reclassifying NBA Dunkers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin

There are dunkers all over the NBA.

From Gerald Green to JaVale McGee, everybody's throwing it down these days.

As dunking and dunkers become more prevalent, however, the sophistication of dunking has also increased.

What it means to be a dunker today is not the same for everyone.

LeBron James dunking a basketball, for example, is not exactly the same as when Eric Bledsoe dunks. 

Despite that, we define the basketball play from each by using the same word.

Eric Bledsoe just dunked. LeBron James just dunked. 

While each dunk was impressive in its own right, the term dunk falls short of describing exactly what it is that just took place. 

The same is also true for dunkers themselves.

What does it mean to be a dunker? How are dunkers different? 

In a search for clarity, I've reclassified the NBA's top dunkers based on how exactly it is they dunk the basketball.

This reclassification of NBA dunkers includes the following categories: stylish dunkers, creative dunkers, efficiency dunkers, power dunkers and premium dunkers.

Fifteen of the NBA's best all-around dunkers were used to describe each category.

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