Ever since Michigan State basketball was really put on the map in the years Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser were stars on the 1978-1979 team that ended up winning one of the best remembered National Championship games against Indiana State, there have been a lot of great moments.
There was the whole competitive storyline surrounding Magic and Larry Bird, Jud Heathcoate’s illustrious career and then passing the torch to the amazing Tom Izzo, Mateen Cleaves and company winning the National Championship in 2000 and the Spartans’ magical run to Detroit last season.
And along with conference championships, All-Americans and national championships come the moments which are etched in the minds of Michigan State fans—as well as general basketball fanatics.
One such thing is dunks.
A dunk can absolutely blow the roof off a building. Whether it is a player delivering a pass to his teammate for a perfectly timed alley-oop or an amazing athlete soaring through the air and basically dunking on an unsuspecting foe, a dunk can change the game and even history.
Just ask Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter or Julius “Dr. J” Erving. They had jams which shook the very foundation they were gracefully leaping from.
And even though they were (and one still is) NBA players, it doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some raunchy dunks in the college game.
So, with the NBA holding its inaugural dunk contest last night (with a weak showing by all participants I might add), I was reminiscing about some of my favorite dunks ever thrown down by Spartans. A few in my head clearly set themselves apart from the rest.
Without further ado, here are my top five dunks by Michigan State hoopsters since 2000.