NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and the League's Best Dunkers

Imaz A@@imazatharCorrespondent IIJune 11, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and the League's Best Dunkers

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 31:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball over Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on May 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User
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    There are a lot of great dunkers in the NBA right now, and this season displayed that.

    Here, I have compiled the top 25 dunkers in the league. I had so much trouble ranking them, and I know it will stir some great debate. If you have any problems with the list, please leave a comment below and if your argument is convincing enough, I'll change the list.


25. Tyson Chandler

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    To some of you, this addition might be somewhat of a surprise. The reason why I put Chandler on this list is because he is a high flyer

    Chandler has shown his masterful ability to fly through the air, grab alley-oop lobs and throw them down with power in New Orleans, and now in Dallas.

    His alley-oop dunks have been one of the myriad reasons why this years playoffs have been so entertaining.

24. Thaddeus Young

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    Originally, Thad Young wasn't on the list. However, after watching a few of his dunks on YouTube, I have no idea why I left him out. He's explosive and powerful. Nuff said.

23. Taj Gibson

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    Taj Gibson could be a lot higher on this list. However, he doesn't have very large sample size of great dunks, besides the crazy dunks he had against the Heat in this year's playoffs.

    Gibson has the potential of being one of the top dunkers in the league, and I hope to see him in the Dunk Contest in the future.

22. Wilson Chandler

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    Here's the second Chandler on the list.

    In my opinion, Wilson Chandler is an underrated dunker, mostly because not many people have seen him dunk.

    But, I've gotta tell you, he's nasty.

21. Kobe Bryant

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    This might be pretty controversial, but Kobe isn't the dunker he used to be. But, he's still really good and he showed us that he hasn't completely lost his explosiveness when he dunked on Emeka Okafor in the playoffs.

20. Nate Robinson

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    Nate could be higher but most of his good dunks are in the past; he hasn't shown the same ability this year, mostly because of injury.

    However, without a doubt, he is definitely one of the best dunkers in the NBA, especially because of his height.

19. Jason Richardson

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    Many of you may be confused as to why J-Rich is on this spot on the list.

    This is kind of a tribute to a career of great dunks. He deserves an honorary place on the list. Without him, the list would feel incomplete.

18. Serge Ibaka

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    The second member of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the list and—spoiler alert—he's not the last. Ibaka has really shown his great dunking ability this year, especially in the Dunk Contest...where he got robbed!

17. Rudy Gay

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    I almost forgot about Rudy because he was injured for a large part of the season. But, when he's healthy, he's an explosive dunker.

16. Russell Westbrook

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    Russell Westbrook, despite his height, is a great dunker. He can fly and has great power.

15. DeAndre Jordan

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    DeAndre Jordan has surprised many of us this year. His power is electrifying. The Griffin-Jordan Duo in LA will be fun to watch for the next few years.

14. Vince Carter

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    Once again, like Jason Richardson, many of you may be confused on Vinsanity's placing on the list. But, for the same reasons as J-Rich, this is also a tribute to Carter's career of fantastic dunks--he could be the best dunker of all time.

    Again, this list would be incomplete without him.

13. Gerald Wallace

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    Gerald Wallace has been a great dunker for a long time. He dunks are so crazy that, at times, it seems like he doesn't care about getting injured.

12. Demar DeRozan

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    Demar DeRozan is a rising dunker in the NBA.

    In the past couple years, he has shown that he has the potential to be a top-five dunker in the league. He has only played two years, so look forward to more explosive dunks from him in the future.

11. Javale McGee

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    In the 2011 NBA Dunk Contest, Javale McGee showed us that he's one of the best dunkers in the league. It can be argued that he should have won the dunk contest, instead of Blake Griffin.

    The good thing is that Javale is still young. He has many years and great dunks ahead of him.

10. J.R. Smith

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    J.R. Smith is ruthless when it comes to dunking. He has a great combination of leaping ability and power.

9. Amar'e Stoudemire

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    What's special about Stoudemire is that he is extremely athletic for a big man. Also, he throws it down with ferocious power.

    He could be higher on this list, without a doubt.

8. Shannon Brown

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    One of the best young dunkers in the league, Shannon Brown can flat out fly.

7. Dwyane Wade

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    Throughout his career, D-Wade has shown us some of the most amazing dunks. He certainly could be in the top five of this list, but I believe seven is good spot too.

6. Josh Smith

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    Josh Smith is a high-flying, athletic, power dunker. Dunking is his specialty. He even won a game with a dunk one time against the Magic.

5. Andre Iguodala

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    Iguodala is one of my favorite dunkers. He definitely should've beat Nate Robinson in the dunk contest a few years ago, in my opinion.

    Iguodala is the whole package when it comes to dunking: He has hops, power and athleticism.

4. LeBron James

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    Like Iguodala, LeBron is the whole package. His dunks are always exciting to watch. Enough said.

3. Dwight Howard

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    Hands down, Superman is one of the best big man dunkers of all time. His athleticism is insane considering how tall he is.

2. Derrick Rose

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    Rose has had so many great dunks this year. He is the best "small" dunker in the league right now. It's amazing how high he gets.

    The way he maneuvers his body around the rim just adds on to why he's a top-five dunker.

1. Blake Griffin

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    You must have expected this.

    It seems like Blake Griffin had a great dunk every single game of the season. The scary thing is, he's only entering his second year in the league. Just imagine what he will do next.

    I can't.