15 Best Dunkers in the NBA

AP Photo/Bill Haber AP Photo/Bill Haber

Every major sport has a signature play or move that can electrify the crowd and get fans on their feet. Not many can do it like a good slam dunk. The dunk gets players on the bench waving towels, sportscasters waxing poetically and spastically, and fans roaring in approval. Highlight reels are full of impromptu rim rockers from high school, college and pro games. The NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk competition, too, has provided a treasure trove of the game’s giants strutting their stuff. It has always showcased the superstars’ ability to defy gravity, from Michael Jordan’s massive leaps, to Vince Carter’s awe-inspiring magic at the dunk jamboree to Blake Griffin pounding it down with authority.

15. Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

He may be a little long in tooth  (he just turned 32), compared to his junior teammates like LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but Wade can still bring the rock to the bucket, in a big way. Listed at 6′ 4″ (though some say he is actually 6′ 2″) Wade is among the shortest of the big-time NBA dunkers. Playing on an increasingly creaky frame that includes wonky knees, Wade is still the undisputed king of the poster dunk. One particular dunk, early in his career, signified his athleticism. Tim Duncan, who is six years and at least seven inches taller than Wade, found out just how nasty getting dunked on by Wade can be. The pre-LBJ Miami Heat were taking on Duncan’s powerful Spurs when Wade, a shooting guard, found a lane to the net. Duncan, a centre, moved to try and swat away Wade’s attack to the basket, only to have the much shorter Wade throw it down with a straight arm poster dunk.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Next: 14. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
More On SportsBreak
  • 15 Athletes Who Died In The Middle Of Their Careers

    Long after the spotlight of an arena full of fans has faded, retired athletes move on to all kinds of other careers and journeys in life.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Players Who Would Beat LeBron 1-on-1

    While Miami Heat small forward Lebron James has established himself as the game’s best player the past five or so years, the question that has been posed by many is, “who can challenge or dethrone him?” King James poses many

    NBA
  • 12 Athletes Who Blew Through Their Money

    We’ve all seen their smiling faces, lit up by the white hot spotlight of a press conference, shaking hands with an owner/GM as they agree to the “big contract.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Worst Contracts in NBA History

    If every NBA General Manger had a crystal ball, bad contracts would not exist. No one would be overpaid. Fans wouldn’t have to watch a player collect a large paycheck by sitting on the bench every night.

    NBA
  • 8 Things You Need To Know About FBI/FIFA Investigation

    FIFA may have outrun scandal in the past, but today it got caught in a massive sting by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    SOCCER
  • 11 Most Clutch Active NHL Playoff Performers

    If you had to choose a current fantasy team in the NHL playoffs, you wouldn’t go wrong with these 11 hot shots.

    NHL
  • 5 Reasons Eugenie Bouchard’s Best Days Are Behind Her

    After another miserable outing at the French Open and a first round exit, Eugenie Bouchard’s 6th ranked standing in the WTA rankings will slip.

    TENNIS
  • 7 Reasons Mike Babcock Will Turn The Maple Leafs Into A Contender

    Mike Babcock has signed on to be the new coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most popular — and least successful — franchises in all of hockey. He brings with him a new sense of optimism for long-suffering Leafs fans. Here are seven reasons to be excited if you are a fan of the blue and white.

    NHL
  • 5 Extreme Sports That Really Are Extreme

    When is a sport really considered extreme? When it’s death-defying for sure. The Grim Reaper loves a daredevil.

    SPORTS
  • 5 Extreme Sports That Aren’t Really That Extreme

    When is an extreme sport not so extreme? The debate could rage for hours, but we break it down to sports that have gone a little ‘vanilla’ due to advances in safety, equipment, training and popularity.

    SPORTS
  • 11 Most Disgusting Stadium Foods Ever Concocted

    This is what you get when chefs go a little wild in creating new stadium menu items. A whole new level of ‘Ewww.

    SPORTS
  • 15 Bizarrely Awesome Sports Stadium Foods

    When going to a live sporting event, it’s not just about the game, it’s about the experience. Part of that experience is eating food you love to indulge in.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Reasons Brock Lesnar Is The Greatest Pro Wrestler Of All-Time

    Brock Lesnar committed his future to the WWE in early 2015, shunning a return to the UFC where he was once the biggest draw in the company. Vince McMahon has clearly decided that Lesnar is going to be ‘their guy’ for at least the next few years, and with good reason. He may very well be the best in the business.

    WWE
  • 10 Famous Athletes Accused of Murder

    There have been many, many bad boys in sport. It seems a day doesn’t go by without some current or former athlete being arrested and charged with a crime. But, the worst of them commit murder, or have been accused of it.

    SPORTS
  • The 11 Best Moments in The Federer-Nadal Rivalry

    Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have spun together one of the most compelling rivalries in the history of sports. Certain matches between the two have aided in shaping this rivalry and sparking all the questions that are still being asked today. Here are the 11 best moments in the sometimes-friendly-sometimes-not rivalry between two of the game’s greatest players.

    TENNIS
  • 10 Biggest March Madness Upsets

    Let’s make this clear, the #1 most fascinating aspect of NCAA March Madness is the upsets. We count down ten of the best and most shocking upsets from the history of the tournament.

    NCAA BASKETBALL
  • 12 MLB Free Agents With Something To Prove

    There was a mountain of money tossed around during the Major League Baseball off-season. General managers were literally climbing all over themselves to sign big-ticket free agents in a bid to bolster their championship fortunes.

    MLB
  • The 8 Biggest NHL Trade Deadline Deals

    The silly season is nearly upon the NHL. The March 2nd trade deadline is but five days away and over-analyzed movement has already begun.

    NHL
  • 6 MLB Off Season Free Agent and Trade Losers

    The winter sweeps are over and many a major league baseball team re-tooled, either to improve their lot in life, or make the playoffs. But, there were teams asleep at the switch and their season’s might derail because of inactivity, or wrong activity in the free agent and trade markets.

    MLB
Comments

57 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Sportsbreak Video

Top