Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade's Top 10 Career Dunks
Dwyane Wade has officially decided to miss the 2012 London Olympics. He has opted to have surgery on his left knee, which bothered him throughout the playoffs. It had to be drained during the Indiana series in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but allowed Wade to continue to produce.
However, he was not up to his usual standard of play, despite being stellar nonetheless. It will be difficult to predict exactly how Wade will recover from this procedure, regardless of it being a simple operation. Irrespective of this, he is renowned for his athleticism and his ability to finish in traffic, be it on the fast break or splitting the pick-and-roll defense that has come to be his signature move.
The following is a list of Wade’s top 10 dunks over the course of his career, in tribute of his former explosiveness (the "former" would be willingly removed once his condition is certain, and he returns to play as his old self).
Honorable Mention: Wade's Crazy Hangtime vs. Cleveland
This dunk didn't make the official cut, but is more than deserving nonetheless. While there weren't any defenders around to make the picture, it is still an insane jam.
The hang-time Wade has in the air allows him to almost pause, before slamming it through. It doesn't make the top 10, but it's my personal favorite.
Honorable Mention: Wade's Dunk over Portland
The worst part of making this list is having to leave out plays like this. Wade drives past Travis Outlaw, and finishes his drive by dunking over LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez and Outlaw himself. Nasty.
10. Wade's Windmill Alley-Oop at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
After completing a steal on one end, Wade flies down the other to throw down an impressive windmill alley-oop from Chris Paul. What makes this dunk even more special is that it told the basketball world "Dwyane Wade is back."
He was coming off a recent shoulder surgery, after which many doubted his return to old form. If there was any way to quiet the doubters, this was it.
9. Wade's Drive and Sneaky Jam over Josh Smith
After splitting the defense in symbolic Dwyane Wade fashion, he creeps in for the dunk, just as Smith can attempt to block it.
Going up against one of the top shot-blockers in the game boosts this slam a little higher, and is trademark of Wade's ball-handling and finishing abilities.
8. Wade Dunks over Kevin Garnett
7. Wade Dunks over Garnett (again...)
This slam is a little more modern. Before the acquisition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it was just Dwyane Wade as the only All-Star in Miami. Facing Boston in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, Miami looked to be the underdog.
Unfortunately Miami lost the series 4-1, but Wade was determined to at least win one game for his team. Not only did he chip in 46 points on 66 percent shooting (5-for-7 from three-point range), he also provided this slam over Garnett. "The Big Ticket" makes a smart move by just getting out of the way.
6. Wade Slams over Tim Duncan
With an injured Shaquille O'Neal on the sidelines, Wade looked to carry his team to the W. This time facing the San Antonio Spurs, he put up a stellar 31 points, six rebounds and 10 assists, albeit in a 98-84 loss.
Despite this, Flash still left an imprint on the game with this spectacular dunk over Tim Duncan.
5. Wade Dunks All over Rodney Carney
The video says it all. After being the recipient of a poster by Sixers forward Rodney Carney, D-Wade wanted some payback. Receiving the ball under the basket by means of a nifty pass from Ricky Davis, he immediately turns and is able to deal Carney some of his own medicine.
Not only did he send the forward to the ground, he also gave him an intimidating stare down, which earned him a technical. Worth it?
4. Wade Slams over Jermaine O'Neal
This was Wade's coming out party. Just a rookie at the time, Wade catches the inside pass from Lamar Odom (who looks uncharacteristic in a Heat uniform), and dunks right over the top of shot-blocker Jermaine O'Neal.
Despite being symbolic as a poster dunk, it also told the NBA that Wade meant business for years to come.
3. Wade Jams on Emeka Okafor
At one time, this was considered to be Wade's finest dunk. He has added two more to his repertoire since then, but that shouldn't take anything away from this one.
You would be a rich man if you had a dime for the amount of times Wade has split two defenders and finished inside. He does just that on this play, and completes a fundamental poster dunk. Emeka Okafor's outstretched arm does absolutely nothing as Wade jams it in.
2. Wade's Spin and Flush over Kendrick Perkins
Most probably the means behind this unnecessary kick to the head, Wade adds Kendrick Perkins to his list of victims with this slam. Not only does he spin through two Thunder defenders, Wade obliterates Perkins under the rim.
He stretches right up over the big man's attempted block, and makes him pay by bringing it down hard. Come on, Blake Griffin. We all know Wade was the first to do this...
1. Wade Destroys Anderson Varejao
I doubt any are surprised by this jam topping the list of Dwyane Wade's top-10 career dunks. This ranks as one of the all-time greatest poster dunks in the history of the NBA. The slam is spectacular in its own right, but the force that Wade sends Anderson Varejao to the floor is raw power.
He has no time to react to Wade's drive, and is helpless to what follows. Not only does Flash make Varejao almost kick himself in the head, but he steps over him in a ruthless manner. Did this initiate the infamous "I'm taking my talents to South Beach"?
This completes the ranking of D-Wade's best career slams. Feel free to share your agreement or disagreement in the comment section, or mention any dunks I may have missed.