Michael Jordan "stomps the yard" when it comes to the highest vertical leap in NBA history. No wonder he was able to put basketball fans on the edge of their seats, holding their collective breadths, as he flew through the air. Just how high was Air Jordan's vertical leap? Where do other great NBA stars rank in this category while compared to His Airness?
The vertical leap is the measurement of a player’s jump from a standing position. A high vertical leap usually transcends into a higher running leap. The higher the player can jump, the more ferocious and spectacular is his dunk.
What made or makes talented jumpers like Jordan, Dr. J, and Vince Carter exciting to watch is the use of slow-motion replay. No other league is better suited for this amazing technology than the NBA. The original jump happens too quickly to truly appreciate, but in slow-motion replay, the player appears to be gracefully soaring through the air as if taking off on a trans-atlantic flight. It is an allusion that drives fans crazy! Its electrifying!
This slideshow is a tribute to Michael Jordan, and ten other NBA stars who were also phenomenal leapers in their own right. It also includes an "honorable mention" section that, low and behold, includes some NBA players (while not stars) could actually out jump some of the ranked NBA stars! Be warned however, because you will experience high turbulence caused by a rollercoaster surprise ending.
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