Kentucky Basketball: Predicting Wildcats' Best Dunkers for 2013-14 Season

Bobby ReaganFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2013

Kentucky Basketball: Predicting Wildcats' Best Dunkers for 2013-14 Season

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    The slam dunk can be a game-changer. Whether it's over an opponent to spark a comeback or a put-back dunk to extend the lead, it gets fans loud and excited.

    Gone are the days of in-game dunk artists like Dr. J, Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan. Today, the dunk has turned into pure entertainment. People feel the need to dunk over a Kia, slam one down in front of a choir or pretend to be Superman.

    Yes, I'm looking at you, NBA Slam Dunk Contest

    Who will be the best dunkers this season for Kentucky? Read on to find out. 

Alex Poythress

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    There are very few people in the country who look like they can dunk with as much ease and force as Alex Poythress.

    As you see in the video above, Poythress simply glides through the air before hammering down a thunderous dunk over a quality opponent. 

    At 6'7", Poythress is the perfect height to make dunking an art. He has the brute strength to intimidate almost any opponent when he's in the air, with the ball cocked back behind his head.

    With the pressure off Poythress this year to be an outstanding player, we might just be able to see more dunks like the one against Duke. 

James Young

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    James Young is a sneaky candidate to be the best dunker in the conference during the 2013-14 season, as long as he sees enough time on the court. 

    Young is expected to see minutes, but having to split time with other McDonald's All-Americans will limit the amount of times we see him pull off a dunk like we saw at the 1:15 mark in the video above.

    Much like Poythress, Young stands approximately 6'7". With his ability to shoot, he will have shorter defenders on him, which should allow the 18-year-old to attack the rim.

    If Young is able to attack the rim, be prepared to see Rupp Arena in a frenzy every time the ball touches his hand with him at full speed.

    And if he's able to posterize an opponent like he did in the video above, be ready to hear 23,000 fans explode.  

Julius Randle

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    The runaway favorite to be the best dunker on the team and one of the best in the country is Julius Randle. The video above is one of many that show Randle doing absurd dunks and showing his creative side. 

    There's no doubt that Randle will participate in at least one NBA Slam Dunk Contest with his athleticism and ability to make dunking look so easy. He is the one player that every Wildcat fan will hold their breath for when there is a fast-break opportunity. 

    Randle comes to Lexington with a lot of hype as a great player after being ranked No. 2 by Rivals in the class of 2013. With Randle likely being the face of the 2013-14 Kentucky team, fans outside of Lexington will be able to see just how special a player and dunker he is.