NBA's Top 10 Dunks of All-Time (With Video)
This is a topic that is so wide open that any number of choices can be used to fill in the ten blanks. I was thinking of an expansion of Top 20, but choosing the top ten forces one to truly make decisive choices.
There are, as I stated many that can be chosen to fill the top, so I have tried to put in a system to separate the dunks. I believe a Playoff dunk should be given the most credence towards greatness. Creativity, posterized dunks and the pure unbelievable also are high on my list.
If a dunk you believe should be on the list is not there, it is probably because I have made my list according to my system. Many of these dunks have been seen plenty of times and I believe the majority would make most Top 10 lists. That being said, here is my list.
Chris Webber on Charles Barkley: Webber sensationalized the play by putting the ball around his waist, then flushing it down over a falling Charles Barkley, this would lead to a Nike commercial featuring Webber and Spreewell.
Kobe Bryant on Ben Wallace: Back when Wallace was an unknown stiff in Washington he was knocked flat by Kobe in a Preseason game in Las Vegas that was just nasty.
Dominique Wilkins on the Bucks: A dunk that could have easily made the list, he takes the Bucks baseline and does a double pump through three defenders with the game on the line. That's 'Nique being clutch.
Larry Nance on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A dunk that gets overlooked much of the time, Nance actually skies ABOVE Kareem and throws it down over him for the most impressive stuff.
Clyde Drexler's Glyde: Clyde established his dunking prowess with this hang time stuff against the Lakers that would put many Slam Dunk contest dunks to shame.
Amar'e Stoudmire over the Candy Man: Stephon Marbury's disbelief in what he had just seen is what makes this dunk so entertaining outside of simply putting the ball through the hoop.
Anything on Shawn Bradley: T-Mac's dunk comes to mind, Shaq while in Orlando, we can keep going on and on about guys dunking on Bradley.
10. LeBron on West, Damon Jones
These both were regular season dunks so I could see how either one of these would not make the list. Besides that, I could not decide between these two simply because they were both so vicious.
In one instance, I want to choose the Damon Jones dunk because after LeBron dunks on him, you see Jones grab the side of his face in pain which is fierce in its own fashion. However, we also have the Delonte West dunk where whether or not Delonte had relations with LeBrons' mom, you could feel this dunk would have been reason enough for West to want retaliation of some form on LeBron.
LeBron just loves dunking on future teammates.
9. Vince Carter on Zo
This might have been a regular season slam, but it had the intensity of a Postseason smash. At first, one knows this is Vince Carter who gives anticipation a great finish. I didn't think Alonzo Mourning was going to try and meet him at the summit. He did and Vince made him pay for trying to get up with an 1/2 Man 1/2 Amazing dunk.
8. Baron Davis on Kirilenko
The game's over as the announce states: Monta Ellis is at the scorer's table, Baron's likely done. Well, he added some fireworks to his finish. This right hand lightning bolt over a great defensive player at the time in Andrei Kirilenko was a great way to cap his night.
7. K.J. on Hakeem
The 1994 NBA Playoffs with title implications on the line were in Phoenix. The winner of this series most likely wins the NBA championship. Kevin Johnson tries to do his part as he dunks over the eventual Finals MVP in Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon must have wished he was dreaming after getting so rudely shown up by a man almost a foot smaller than he. For all those who forgot: K.J. had some hops.
6. Chambers over Jackson
I think Mitch Richmond best sums up this dunk. When Chambers hits Jackson, he just goes a little higher and tears the rim down. You'd think Chambers was a family member of the Jetsons. He just had unbelievable springs.
As for Jackson, this wouldn't be the only time he would have someone putting their knees to his face in a game. Good for him that his face healed up fine for his broadcasting today.
5. Starks on Jordan, Grant
What makes this dunk so great to me is that Starks, a right handed player, throws down a left handed dunk into the side of Horace Grant and Michael Jordan. This was a big time Playoff dunk as the game was nearing its conclusion and it helped push M.J. and his Bulls to the brink of elimination. I can't forget the little push Ewing gave B.J. Armstrong on the side pick, that always gets me laughing.
4. Dr. J on Cooper
Dr. J has had a few dunks one could go with as his greatest and I had a hard time with this. I was going to go with his dunk over Bill Walton, but that dunk was simply a facial and did not impress the way he did against Michael Cooper. His creativity against Cooper and the Los Angeles Lakers was displayed in this dunk as a footnote towards their 1983 sweep of the Lakers in the Finals. His sweeping motion as Cooper flows through and then out is a reminder of the creativity and flair of Julius Erving.
3. Kemp's Lister Blister
The amount of raw, pure emotion on this dunk is uncanny. When I think of this dunk, it reminds me of a nail being slammed in by a hammer. Quick, strong and purposeful are also adjectives that can be used to describe the dunk by one Shawn Kemp. He shook the entire Seattle Coliseum with this flush and his following one on Chris Gatling.
2. Ewing gets dunked on, Part 1
Michael Jordan was gone. It was going to be a nice and easy flow towards the Finals now for the Knicks. Or not. During the hotly contested and controversial 1994 Playoffs series between these two clubs, Pippen roared down a momentum shifting slam dunk that shook the stability of the Knickerbockers in this game.
The Knicks would go on to win the series (here's looking at you David Stern) and Pippen would have the dunk of the Playoffs. These dunks almost make you forget how great of a player Ewing happened to be.
1. Ewing gets dunked on, Part 2
Mr. Michael Jeffrey Jordan was on the hunt for his first title in the 1991 NBA Playoffs. The first stop on his journey to the title was the #8 seed New York Knicks. Michael quickly let it be known this series was over before it started.
He like Pippen, throws it down over Ewing; but he also has the baseline maneuver past Charles Oakley and John Starks to spice up his dunk. The rim was in pain after Jordan threw down that thunderous slam and solidified its top spot. I give this a tenuous #1 spot, since I can make an argument for the Dr. J, Kemp and Pippen dunks along with this one. It wins out for me based on the extra intangibles within.