NBA Draft: 12 Sickest Dunkers Selected in the Draft
Currently, the NBA season is being crippled by a lockout. At this rate, it looks like it's going to be a long summer. No free agency, no Summer League, no major trades, no nothing.
Still, I like the make the best out of a bad situation. Why spend the summer moping about how there might not be a next season when there is still plenty of basketball to be discussed?
Personally, I'm still on a major high from the NBA draft. So many dynamic and underrated players were taken, even called a weak class by some. I highly disagree, and thus would like to focus on one specific group of guys in the draft: the dunkers.
Here are the 12 best rim rockers that were drafted just a couple of weeks ago.
No. 12: JaJuan Johnson
At 6'10", there's no doubt that JaJuan Johnson can dunk. He has long arms and is a dominant low-post presence.
His slams aren't really highlight worthy, but leave enough of an in-your-face impression that you watch them and say, "Did he just do that???"
He needs to add some muscle to that spindly 221 pound frame of his before he can be called a dominant big man, but Johnson is the perfect dunker to kick off this list.
No. 11: Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris, while a great presence on the inside, is not primarily known for his dunking. His greatest strength is his perimeter shooting and he has an extremely accurate jump shot.
Yet, like all players, Morris is capable of surprising you when you least expect it. Take a look at his one-handed jam in the video.
No. 10: Bismack Biyombo
Despite primarily being known as a shot blocker and rebounder and his offense being, to put it bluntly, horrible, Bismack Biyombo could have a future as a dunker.
The video here catches a rare great offense moment for the Congolese power forward. He gets the rebound, grunts, dunks and then hangs on the rim. Am I the only one who thinks that's kind of awesome?
He won't be an immediate dunker, but just wait until Biyombo's offensive game reaches its full potential.
No. 9: Markieff Morris
Now, before you watch the video, I'll make this clear now. I'm fully aware that Markieff Morris misses the dunk.
Still, watch his form. It's pretty much perfect, save for the miss. He is a strong man at 6'10" and 245 pounds and in Phoenix, he will be paid to be a big body on the inside.
Given how he is basically (hopefully) going to be Amare Stoudemire 2.0, here's hoping he throws down some epic dunks in the future.
No. 8: Chris Singleton
The Washington Wizards front office surely breathed a sigh of relief when the New York Knicks messed up yet another draft and chose not to take Chris Singleton, the best defender available, at No. 18. Washington is now in possession of a great all-around talent with a big body who is a threat at most spots on the floor.
Even better, he can dunk with authority and even hang on the rim every once in a while.
No. 7: Tristan Thompson
This dunk isn't exactly pretty, but Tristan Thompson will definitely become a dynamic rim rocker on the professional level.
His best physical asset on the court is his long arms, and that's always a good thing in the NBA. Look at how he uses them in the video. The dunk isn't overwhelming, but his reach is just long enough that he can throw the rock down AND draw the foul.
No. 6: Kenneth Faried
At 6'8" and just 225 pounds, Kenneth Faried does not have the typical build of an NBA big man. Yet, looks can be deceiving. In reality, he is the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA history.
On top of that, he's got a pretty sick tomahawk dunk, as evidenced in the video. Not too shabby.
No. 5: Enes Kanter
He is 6'11", weighs about 260 pounds and is a Turkish center. Thus, it's a pretty safe bet that the always intimidating Enes Kanter will be a dunking machine once he makes his NBA debut.
Watch this video, where he dunks on a player two inches taller!
No. 4: Jeremy Tyler
Despite barely having any professional experience and having a whole load of bust potential, it's hard to believe that 20-year-old Jeremy Tyler won't have success in the NBA. Given his 6'11", 262 pound frame, it's also no surprise that he can pull off some amazing dunks.
In this video, he executes a perfect windmill jam. Want to know the crazy part? Tyler was in high school when he pulled this one off!
No. 3: Alec Burks
I said it once, and I'll say it again. Alec Burks will be an NBA bust due to his inaccurate shooting and chip-on-the-shoulder attitude.
Still, despite those flaws, it can't be denied. The kid can dunk. Watch here as he throws down this unbelievable windmill reverse.
No. 2: Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams was the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's clear why. He is a threat on any spot of the hardwood and is NBA ready. He can shoot from long range, play great defense and throw down some amazing dunks to boot.
I chose this one for two reasons. The first being that I love a good 360 dunk. The second...well, you'll find out when you hear what the broadcaster says about 18 seconds in.
No. 1: Jan Vesely
After Jan Vesely was drafted, ESPN's Jay Bilas made an interesting note. Despite his skinny size at 6'11" and 240 pounds, he would win multiple NBA Slam Dunk Contests in his career.
I laughed, thinking it ridiculous that such a spindly European player could be a scary dunker.
Then, I watched this video and ate my words. Watch out for this guy, opposing NBA players. His jams are pretty ridiculous.