In Your Face: 16 Vids of Guys Getting Dunked On
No one, and I mean no one, ever wants to be on the receiving end of a Kodak moment—and by the title of this article, you know what I'm referring to.
Unfortunately, there have been plenty of instances where basketball players have given full facials to their opponents who sadly went up to try and protect the rim, only to get featured on a poster.
And since these types of dunks are fun to watch, I'll give you some of the best ones I've seen.
Let's start things off with one of the most classic facials an NBA player has ever given to another guy—which is just about as dirty as it sounds.
When Michael Jordan slammed on Dikembe Mutombo and then used his signature finger wag on him to embarrass him even more, it was pure gold.
NBA scouts may like former Nevada Wolf Pack guard Deonte Burton as a pro prospect for a couple of reasons, but one is undoubtedly due to his freakish athleticism.
And because he played at a smaller school than other potential first-rounders, he made sure to take advantage of the highlight reel whenever he could—which he did with this slam this past season.
In all honesty, this slam by high school sophomore Victor Dukes actually doesn't even appear to be real.
Seriously, how does a guy jump, get hit and then somehow end up with his head that far above the rim when throwing it down?
I'm not really sure?
What I do know is that the victim wound up with an injury—which was either real or faked, because he realized how embarrassed he just looked.
Lecture Hall Slam
This one might not have been on a basketball court, but it's still one of the best pseudo-pranks I've seen on a dude.
Straight up clowning this poor kid in front of his entire lecture class, a few of his buddies and/or hoops teammates partnered up to slam one on his head, complete with a little shimmy at the end of it for good measure.
How good of a dunker was former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp?
I'll put it this way—while kids these days drop their jaws over the jams from LA Clippers star Blake Griffin, Kemp was that and more to '90s youth.
And when he wasn't receiving dap from a guy he just humiliated, he was rubbing it in the face of an opponent who dared to get in his way to the rim.
By far one of the nastiest dunks in NBA history.
It's too bad the Indiana Pacers and All-Star Paul George couldn't duplicate more of these insane dunks in the past few postseasons against the Miami Heat.
If they had, maybe they could have ended up avoiding elimination both times.
Regardless of the series outcome, George showed that he wasn't about to bow down to any other player in terms of athleticism on the court, flushing a hard jam over the Heat's Chris Andersen—which received quite the reaction from other players.
"Birdman" was probably squawking in pain after this one.
Occurring just the other day in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard's slam in the face of shot-blocker extraordinaire Serge Ibaka seemed to have been overlooked.
Maybe it was because it was so early in the game or wasn't as great as I'm making it out to be, but, well, look at the entire move—it's unreal.
As some of you may know, I'm a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky, but even though I bleed blue, this slam by former freshman James Young has nothing to do with bias.
Taking the rock to the rim with force, he doesn't just settle for a layup attempt and a hopeful foul call but instead goes up strong, throwing it down over a 7-footer from UConn.
You tell me: Do you think it was the dunk of the NCAA tourney this past season?
The LA Lakers had a pathetic season, but one bright spot that got the attention of highlight shows was this slam by guard Xavier Henry.
The dirty thing here is that Henry's slam came against his former teammate at the University of Kansas, Jeff Withey, reminding him that they definitely aren't in Kansas anymore.
Tell Toto, because this might be the jam of the year in the NBA.
There's a reason why Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green is a former Slam Dunk Contest champion—because he's capable of doing things like this.
But forget something staged without the obstacle of defenders protecting the rim, because Green will break out the insanity whenever he sees fit—and unfortunately for the Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee, he got an up-close view of this double-clutch dunk earlier this year.
A former dunk champion like the aforementioned Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross has the guts to take on anyone in his path to the rim.
And when he scoops up a loose ball and goes the distance of the floor to slam one in the face of "The Manimal" Kenneth Faried, he reminds everyone why he has that trophy on his mantle at home.
Yes, believe it or not, even the great ones are the victim of getting posterized every once in a while—although Nike doesn't want you to remember.
Back in 2009 during his basketball camp, LeBron James got the tables turned on him when then camper and current Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Crawford stuffed one in his face.
James is usually the one doing the embarrassing—as you'll see on another slide—so this one was probably a bit of a shock to him.
Only a few guys have pulled off the difficult task of leaping from the free-throw line and slamming the ball down after soaring 15 feet in the air.
But never have we seen it in a game.
Forget about it happening during a game and realize this high school kid did it over an opponent, no doubt earning himself the top play nod from SportsCenter the day it happened.
Man, this is something I couldn't even do on a 7-foot hoop.
LeBron James may have been on the receiving end of a facial by Jordan Crawford once, but as I mentioned earlier, the King usually rules the court.
While James has had a number of different instances of acting silly on fools when slamming a basketball, never has he admired one as much as he did with this one on then-Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry—which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Current Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter might be more of a jump shooter these days, but everyone who saw him play in the early 2000s knows he had some serious hops.
And this dunk over 7'2" Frenchman Frederic Weis during the 2000 Olympics in Athens was the moment he put them on display the most.
Vince may have been putting on a show at the dunk contest in his early years, but those all pale in comparison to him clearing a guy who stands 86 inches in height.
In all honesty, I could have probably put an entire article together that featured LA Clippers star Blake Griffin putting opposing players in their place.
Whether it's a future Hall of Famer like Pau Gasol, a decent big man like Kendrick Perkins or the former most disliked player in the league Kris Humphries, Griffin has no shame in soaring above guys who dare stand against him in the paint.
Is it any wonder why he was voted the NBA's best dunker in 2013?