The aforementioned pair enjoy short spurts of notoriety for their gravity-defying exploits, but they’re not on the NBA radar for more than a few minutes at a time.
But hey, here’s an idea: Let’s take (arguably) the league’s 10 best players and rank them by their slamming skills. You’d surely rather hear about the NBA’s big names and watch clips of their forays above the rim anyway, right?
Here are the rules: First, the players we’re ranking are superstars, period. That means they’re All-Stars this year and have been (or will be) somewhere in the vicinity of an MVP debate at some point.
We’re talking about the best of the best.
So, when you see Chris Paul on our list (spoiler alert), he’s not here because he’s known for dunking. He’s here because he’s one of the league’s 10 best players, which is the pool we’re drawing from.
Second, our rankings are based on the superstar’s current dunking prowess, so we’re only dealing with smashes that have occurred during the 2012-13 season. That’ll hurt players, like Kobe Bryant, who spent their younger days churning out posters, but we’re not looking at the past. These rankings are all about today.
Finally, our criteria will factor in originality, versatility, degree of difficulty and, to keep things from getting too technical, “wow” factor. That last component will weigh pretty heavily because we are, after all, still talking about highlight-level plays.