UCLA Basketball: Ranking Bruins' Best Dunkers from the Past Decade

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UCLA Basketball: Ranking Bruins' Best Dunkers from the Past Decade
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Dunkers and basketball players are two different things. 


Dunkers dazzle because they launch defiantly from terra firma and undertake intricate tasks airborne that cause land lubbers to envy their great gift of wingless flight. 


Basketball players excel at all the fundamental tasks of team basketball and concern themselves rarely with the specialized art of dunking, unless it is called for in the heat of a game.   


Coaches, as a hard rule, prefer basketball players. The rare specimen who is both dunker and player is by far the most potent hybrid, and there isn’t a coach alive who would pass one up. Michael Jordan was one and LeBron James is one now, if you’ll forgive the obscure examples. 


The following list comprises the best dunker or dunkers on each of UCLA’s last 10 teams. This article doesn't necessarily list basketball players, only dunkers are needed. However, in looking it over I noticed that each of the examples brought far more to the arena than just the art of dunking.


The ranking is not the best of the last 10 years, but rather the internal competition among teammates for the top dunker on each unit. 

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