NBA: Top Dunkers of the Decade

Matthew Wolfe@@DatDudeMKWCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2011

NBA: Top Dunkers of the Decade

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    The slam dunk.

    Arguably the most exciting play in sports.

    Fortunately for NBA fans, the new millennium has featured some of the best dunkers the league has ever seen. From old school to new school, from short to tall, this list of guys never fail to bring the fans out of their seats.

    Here is a look at the top 10 dunkers of the decade.

10. Nate Robinson

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    His dunks may not be the most creative, but anyone under six-foot that can jump like him deserves a spot on this list.

    The 3-time Slam Dunk Contest champion has been compared to former Atlanta Hawk Spud Webb, and he even dunked over him in 2006.

    Robinson has been impressing fans with his dunks since his days as a New York Knick, and "KryptoNate" will look to continue that as a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

9. Andre Iguodala

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    The former Arizona Wildcat has been impressing fans with his dunks since his college days.

    Things didn't change when he made the switch over to the NBA, as he is one of the most respected dunkers in the game today.

    Iguodala has been subject to many trade rumors over the past few seasons, but that hasn't stopped him from throwing down with the best of them.

8. Tracy McGrady

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    T-Mac would be a lot higher up on this list if it wasn't for all the injuries he's suffered.

    Back in the early 2000's, McGrady was throwing down monstrous dunks on just about a nightly basis.

    His most memorable dunk probably came during the 2002 All-Star Game, where he went off the backboard to himself. Crazy thing is, he has gone off the backboard during regular season games as well.

    Even though he hasn't had many good dunks in recent years, T-Mac makes this list because the dunks he did have were just that good.

    Just ask Shawn Bradley.

7. Kobe Bryant

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    Some people forget just how good of a dunker Kobe really is because he is so talented in other aspects of the game.

    The Los Angeles Lakers great has been impressing people with his amazing dunks since he came into the league in 1996.

    He won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997, and although he hasn't competed in any in this decade, that doesn't mean he can't still throw down.

    Don't believe that? The dunk shown in the video is from the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

6. Dwyane Wade

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    "The Flash" has been throwing down crazy dunks since he burst onto the NBA scene in 2003.

    Wade has shown no signs of age and is still one of the best dunkers in the league today. He has posterized some of the leagues best, which made him a no-brainer for this list.

    Hard to believe Wade will be dunking like this for many years to come.

5. LeBron James

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    When thinking about the top dunkers in the league, LeBron is one of the first names that comes to mind.

    He comes in at No. 5 on this list because he is yet to compete in a dunk contest, and it looks like he never will.

    I understand that it's not all about the dunk contests, but when the most exciting player in basketball announces he will compete and then backs out, every fan becomes disappointed.

    Nonetheless, "The King" knows how to throw it down—even his haters can't argue that.

4. Josh Smith

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    The 2005 Slam Dunk Contest champion is one of the most feared dunkers in the game today.

    He can jump unbelievably high, and his resumé of dunks if one of the best out there.

    His dunk over Kenyon Martin in the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest is one that will be remembered for a long time, and Hawks fans are lucky they get to see this guy for 41 games a year.

3. Blake Griffin

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    In just one season, Blake Griffin earned the respect of all NBA fans.

    Blake is a human highlight reel, and it is a guarantee you are going to see something exciting if you go and watch him play.

    The best part about him is, this is only the beginning.

    With all of the amazing dunks he had this season, it was impossible to pick one video to post, so here is a clip of his top 10 slams of the season.


2. Jason Richardson

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    J-Rich is arguably one of the best dunkers the NBA has ever seen.

    The two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion has thrown down some of the nastiest dunks of the decade.

    The great thing about Richardson is, he isn't afraid to do something crazy during a game. He has no problem doing a 360 or throwing down a reverse alley-oop in a real game situation.

    Even though J-Rich has turned into more of a three-point shooter over the years, he can still drop a few jaws with his athletic dunks.

1. Vince Carter

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    This one was a no-brainer.

    "Vinsanity" has been bringing excitement to arenas since he first came into the league in 1998.

    He was the Slam Dunk Contest champion in 2000 with his amazing through the legs slam, but that was just the beginning.

    In the same year, he threw down what is probably one of the most memorable dunks of all-time over French center Frederic Weiss in the Olympics.

    Vince Carter is the best dunker of the decade, and one of the best dunkers of all-time.