By Nick Childs
This is a list of my favorite dunks. This list is very fluid, but these dunks are always worth revisiting for me. It is nearly impossible to make a true list of things like this, so it is almost certain that I will miss some great dunks. Feel free to leave a link as a comment. This list includes dunks from every level of basketball competition including the NBA, Olympic competition, And-1 and others. Other than that, enjoy these incredible acts of athleticism!
10. This video goes at No. 10 because it didn’t really happen in competition. How much defense is really played when you are trying to make a mix-tape? Nonetheless, a 720 dunk is ridiculous.
9. Kobe Bryant has a long, storied career, so it is tough to pick one dunk. My favorite is the one on Yao. Here is mix of his top 5 dunks.
8. Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever live, and he had many famous dunks. Here is his infamous cradle dunk that helped him revolutionize the game in many ways.
7. Dominique Wilkins is regarded as one of the greatest dunkers of all time. He was known as “the human highlight real” and for good reason. He made the windmill famous. For anyone that can dunk, you know how hard it is to move the ball that far while in the air and trying to slam it in the basket.
6. Rajon Rondo showed me something this year that I had no idea he had. Watch him get off the ground and put it down with authority! P.S., way to contest the bucket, Chris Bosh.
5. Carmelo Anthony takes my fifth spot. This dunk is particularly important to me because, 1. It’s ‘Melo and 2. It came against the Jazz. Watching this live, I jumped out of my chair screaming, just as ‘Melo did. Read his lips: “I’m back!”
4. Lebron James- The best dunker in the game today. Here he embarrasses Damon Jones. Watch Jones in the air. He jumps and then realizes that was a terrible idea so he tries to shield his body while Lebron posterizes him.
3. I will never forget watching this dunk because it happened right after a confrontation between D-Wade and Anderson Varejao. It is safe to say, Wade won the battle.
2. This is another one I will never forget. I watched this dunk live and couldn’t believe what I saw. To cap off a huge run for the Warriors, Baron Davis punches Andre Kirilenko in the mouth, literally and figuratively. Watch the whole video and check out everyone’s reactions. They are priceless.
1. Vince Carter, another one of the greatest dunkers of all time. This dunk is over a 7 footer trying to take a charge, proves the big man right for trying to take a flop. Unfotunately, he never got that chance because Carter jumped clear over him. This is super-human.
So in making this list, I tried to give tribute to those who paved the way for dunks like these and give the people what they came for. Who doesn’t like watching people get punched on. These dunks never get old. Remember, this is my list of favorites. Any suggestions for others to see, leave a link in the comment box!