NBA Playoffs: Elite Eight Dunkers
We all love the moment when a high flying basketball player steals the ball for the wide open breakaway.
For some reason we get that feeling of pure excitement running through our entire bodies and just when we think the feeling cannot get any better, the athlete jumps up about seven or eight feet in the air, does a windmill, and slams the ball through the hoop with the entire arena erupting in cheers.
These moments are truly the best memories in basketball and I am glad to present to you the top eight dunkers in the NBA playoffs with a video of each of them showing what they do best!
8. Courtney Lee
Most people know the rookie Courtney Lee for his emphatic defense or as Magic fans like to call it "leefense." Little do many know, but Lee actually has some serious ups and can really slam the ball down the hoop.
With so many amazing high flyers still remaining in the playoffs, Lee is deserving of being ranked in this list.
7. Chris "Birdman" Anderson
This 6'10" high flyer not only knows how to block shots, but rip the hoop down with both hands on any possession. Anderson is known for his little sock-it-to-me maneuver after he goes up for a serious slam jam and really gets the crowd and his entire team pumping when he doing so.
This dude is scary when he gets the ball down low in the paint. It seems like practically every time he touches the ball he posterizes someone or just does such a hard one handed slam, that it looks like the rim wants to cry.
Nene is a big dude weighing around 250 pounds and you definitely do now want to get in his way, especially when he has the ball in the paint.
5. Kobe Bryant
We all know Bryant for his amazing and clutch performances, but the dude has some massive ups as well. Bryant can slam dunk the ball with the best of them and is not shy to dunk the ball on top of anybody.
Standing 6'6", Bryant has the body and long arms to stay up in the air and crash down the rim with an astonishing dunk at anytime, he ranks as No. 5 on the elite eight dunkers in the playoffs.
4. J.R. Smith
The legendary three-point shooter J.R. Smith can basically knock down the three ball from anywhere on the court. As a matter of fact, he can probably hit the three with his eyes closed.
Besides from draining trey balls, Smith has the ability to soar through the air and posterize player after player. He is a sick nasty dunker and ranks at No. 4.
3. Josh Smith
What is there to say about this dude? Josh Smith is just one of those players that can basically jump out of an arena with his ridiculous hops. I have seen him slam dunk the ball better then possibly anybody else in the entire NBA.
He has no fear of going up on anybody and can really cock back the ball with his left hand and slam it down with no problem. Smith was just born to do this and you can really see it in this slam dunk below!
2. Dwight Howard
Superman is one of the most intimidating players in the entire NBA. Once he has the ball down low in the paint you can basically say goodbye to attempting to defend him from slam dunking the ball on your grill.
Standing 6'11" and weighing around 265 pounds, the man is virtually unstoppable with extreme ups. Howard is the best 6'11" dunker in the entire NBA and lead the league this year in a wide margin victory for most slam dunks in the season.
1. LeBron James
The King has been crowned as the best, once again. James is clearly the best high flying dunker in the entire NBA, standing 6'8" and weighing over 250 pounds. He literally fly's in the air for seconds at a time before demolishing the rim with his hands and the ball.
James is one of the most amazing athletes of this decade and will forever go down in the record books as one of the best dunkers to have ever played the game. Do not believe me?
Check out this top 10 jaw dropping slam jams of LeBron James career! Just because I could not put only one.