The Slam Dunk is one of the most beautiful art forms in all of sports.
It's the equivalent of the ever so sweet, frosting on a cake.
And what on Earth would cake be without frosting?
The Slam Dunk separates the men from the boys.
The Slam Dunk separates the women from the little girls.
The Slam Dunk separates your girlfriend's Victoria Secret lace underwear from your severely unwashed, five for $10 Hanes comfort briefs.
The Slam Dunk separates college and international boring basketball from the lights out, exhilarating spectacle that is the National Basketball Association.
So without further ado, get ready for the players who today, can dunk better than anyone else on the face of this planet.
Vinsanity might have lost a lot of his freakish hops, but this man has executed some of the best dunks ever to be performed in the game of basketball.
He's arguably executed the most famous dunk of all time, jumping over the "seven foot guy from France" during the United States' 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Easily the most famous dunk ever to be performed in an official game.)
Carter is also the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest winner, performing some of the most memorable dunks in Slam Dunk Contest history.
Any current player with Carter's pedigree deserves to be on this list, as Vince Carter is still capable of posterizing anyone at any time.
We all remember Iguodala's dunk from behind the backboard, in which Allen Iverson's pass was slammed in for a perfect score of 50.
Even though Andre Iguodala didn't win the dunk contest, he's still one of the sexiest dunkers in the league today.
Look for him to continue his dunking tear into 2009-2010.
In the NBA's entire history, no one has dunked the ball more than the Big Aristotle.
No one was able to dunk with more power and ferocity than Shaq, who leads the NBA in most career dunks ever achieved, and by a margin of more than 3,000 dunks compared to the second man.
This man has broken backboards, rims, baskets, and glass in official NBA games, and more than on one occasion.
Seriously, the most physically dominating player of all time also had the most physically dominating dunks of all time as well.
Speaking of big men, Superman Dwight Howard is the biggest of them all to ever have won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Every once in a while, someone REALLY changes the dynamics of the Slam Dunk Contest.
Dwight Howard showed that even big men could truly DOMINATE when it came to flying. Never a guy THIS BIG could jump THIS high.
Add to the fact that Howard is one of the most creative Slam Dunk competitors of all time, as the Superman cape struck gold on the money.
When he isn't doing dunk contests, Dwight Howard can slam the ball in against any team, any time, anywhere.
Yeah, you heard me right.
You know Timmy is one of those nice, super simpy guys that would never even hurt a fly or mosquito.
So when Duncan attempts to show any form of raw emotion through a dunk, it's definitely worth making a note of.
Besides, dude probably has the "softest" dunk ever in the history of dunkness. Seriously, have any of you ever seen Timmy move the rim when throwing it down?
Matter of fact, Duncan's probably just trying to taunt the opposing team with his girly, WNBA caliber dunks.
Oh, what an act...
J Smoove won the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest, and boy can this dude take it to the rim with authority.
Who cares about shot selections and "mental maturity" when you can make grown men look like little boys with your dunks.
Seriously, don't stand in his way or you'll end up through the rim with the ball.
Nate Robinson is the latest winner of the Slam Dunk Contest, already having two dunk contests under his belt.
There has never been anything better than a small guy who could dunk with reckless abandon.
Nate Robinson soared over Spud Webb, easily taking the 2006 Slam Dunk title. Robinson would later one up that by jumping over Superman Dwight Howard, rocked out in full 100 percent KryptoNATE.
Robinson very well has the chance to become the first person ever to win the dunk contest three times.
Jason Richardson is definitely no stranger to the art of slam dunks.
This man is only one of two people to ever have won consecutive, back to back Slam Dunk contests in a row, the only other being Michael Jordan.
Matter of fact, Richardson COULD AND SHOULD have won three consecutive dunk contests in a row, if only the judges didn't rob him of his threepeat.
Still, Richardson is one of the best dunkers in the game.
Like Vince Carter, Richardson didn't use any gimmicks or other creative doo dads.
He simply dunked. And dunked. And dunked.
Who can't respect that?
S.T.A.T. may not have the pedigree that many other guys might have when it comes to dunking, but Stoudemire is one of the most pure, in game dunkers within the league.
Stoudemire's dunks are best described as a shotgun loading, followed by a thunderous blast of power and raw talent.
So what exactly does an ape have to do with the Phoenix Suns?
Nothing, but you know the Suns franchise hired this buffon of a mascot just to do one thing.
And do it all the time.
You know this guerrilla was jumping from trees and playing some street basketball with the rest of the animal kingdom in Africa, before finally becoming the Suns' official mascot.
Now, he's dunking the living day lights in Phoenix, becoming one of the most popular mascots within the NBA today.
LeBron James' signature windmill dunk has become a quite big symbol of basketball, one that rivals Michael Jordan's Jumpman and even Jerry West's Logo.
There is no one in the world who has a more dangerous dunk that that of King James.
Just stand in the King's way, and you just might wake up from a coma, if your lucky.
James has also posterized nearly every big name out their.
Remember when James broke the legs of Paul Pierce, blew past a helpless James Posey, and completely exploded one on Kevin Garnett?
(Seriously, just look at Pierce's facial expressions as he screams in pain as his ankles just got broken)
How about that time LeBron James christened Damon Jones, absolutely destroying Jones' body and taking his soul with him.
(Jones couldn't even remove his face from his hands, ashamed and utterly destroyed.)
And then there was Tony Parker. King James tried with all his might to posterize him, but like the typical coward that Frenchmen are, Parker squirmed and squealed away.
Get ready too, because the Kings about to do some major damage in the coming Slam Dunk Contest.