North Carolina Basketball: Predicting Tar Heels' Best Dunkers for 2013-14 Season
There are many unknowns when it comes to the 2013-14 North Carolina basketball team. One thing that is known, though, is the dunking ability of a handful of Tar Heels.
But who is the best?
Dunks are a matter of taste. Some folks prefer rim-rattling jams that leave defenders sprawled on the hardwood. Others may prefer the dunker with graceful, gravity-defying hang time.
Then there are the showmen that can throw it down either way. Those guys are the creme de la creme of high-fliers.
The following list ranks UNC's five best dunkers in order of bounce and aggression.
Two Tar Heels were unable to land in the top five on this list, but they are worthy of mention. Given their limited playing time, we haven't seen many dunks from Desmond Hubert and Joel James.
That doesn't mean these two can't throw down, though. Just take a gander at the jams they put through with a medicine ball in the above video.
Hubert was the closest to landing on this list. He has nice ups and can throw down with style. His only flaw is that he isn't very aggressive in traffic.
Maybe that will change in 2013-14.
I'm not sure I even recall a single in-game dunk from Joel James during his first season at Carolina. But the 280-pound man-child has been known to rattle some rims. Just look at this dunk James slammed home in high school.
Now that's power.
Get ready to see a little more of that during his second season in Chapel Hill.
5. P.J. Hairston
Speaking of power, there is no Tar Heel more willing to put his body on the line than P.J. Hairston.
Hairston doesn't care who is in front of him or how big that person is. If he has it in his mind he's taking it to the rack, defenders might as well part like the Red Sea.
Otherwise, they'll be finding themselves on a poster at the next print cycle. Or humiliated in front of millions on the SportsCenter Top 10.
Take your pick.
The only reason Hairston sits at No. 5 is his hang time. He doesn't dunk with the grace of these other guys.
But when he puts bodies on the floor with his 6'6", 220-pound frame, it's pretty exciting to watch.
4. Brice Johnson
Brice Johnson is a guy with some lift for sure. He was probably on the receiving end of alley-oops more often than anyone else, despite his limited playing time as a freshman.
He has excellent timing and hands.
And even though Johnson was a lanky 187 pounds last season, that didn't stop him from throwing it down with authority. He is a very aggressive dunker with better-than-average ups.
Now that he's over the 200-pound mark, we should see some even more impressive dunks during his sophomore campaign.
3. James Michael McAdoo
Want to see a steal taken coast-to-coast with a reverse slam to cap it off? James Michael McAdoo is your man.
McAdoo has effortless hops and is a shoo-in for at least three dunks a game. The only issue with McAdoo is sometimes the dunks look a little ho-hum for my taste.
He just doesn't put that exclamation point on his slams like some of the other guys. If he brings a little more intensity next season, he could climb the ranks.
2. Isaiah Hicks
OK. We haven't gotten to see freshman Isaiah Hicks throw down in Carolina blue. But do we really need to?
Hicks is a borderline freak when it comes to his dunking ability. And there is no lack of intensity when this young pup goes airborne.
Like McAdoo, Hicks has the ability to take it coast-to-coast in the transition game. But he won't just gently put the rock through the cylinder.
Hicks brings the hammer, and one of his favorites seems to be the windmill jam. That's a high-percentage dunk that features in-flight mechanics and a powerful finish.
I like it.
1. J.P. Tokoto
The best of the best are true freaks of nature. Their jaw-dropping hang time looks absolutely effortless, as if they're playing on the moon.
J.P. Tokoto lands in that category with ease. There is a reason he was being compared to Vince Carter.
Just look at where his head is on that dunk.
It's unfortunate that Tokoto hasn't had the opportunity to show off everything he has at Chapel Hill thus far. He had less playing time than any returning Tar Heel on this list.
But we did get to witness a few sweet putback jams in traffic. Perhaps this coming season, with a little more playing time, he'll have a chance to get creative in transition and end up on the receiving end of some alley-oops.
Oh, yeah. Did I mention Tokoto dunked over James?
Yeah, he did that.
Cue Rick James' "Super Freak."