Best Dunks Ever

You didn’t think I’d go all the way through this post without talking about some hoops did you? Well, I was watching television the other day and there was a commercial that runs on ESPN here that shows highlights from last year’s NBA season and is chock full of nice plays, buzzer beaters and nasty slams. Khun Ree expressed when we were watching it that his favorite dunk from the history of the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest was the Steve Nash header to Amare Stoudemire. Are you kidding me? I told him I wouldn’t even rank that in my top 25. I would rank it as my number one pass during a Slam Dunk Contest, but who the hell out there is sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for a wicked pass during the Slam Dunk Contest. Oh yeah, K. Ree is.

Well, I decided to compile my top ten jams from the history of the Slam Dunk Contest and it proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought it’d be. Here it is:

  1. Vinsanity- 360 inverted windmill in 2000
  2. J-Rich – Baseline reverse nutmeg in 2003
  3. AI 2.0 – Behind the Backboard in 2006
  4. MJ – Charity Stripe in 88
  5. Vinsanity – Two-handed from 13.5 feet in 2000
  6. D-How – The Sticker Dunk in 2007 (Most robbed dunk in history…42 points!)
  7. J-Rich – Reverse Extension in 2002 (it’s in the middle of the mix)
  8. MJ – Rockin’ the Cradle while leanin’ in from beyond the paint in 88
  9. Spud – Alley-oop Stylin’ in 86 (the man is 5’6″, mandatory to be in the top ten)
  10. Nique – Off the glass, one-handed extension in 88

Top Five Dunks That Are Not From The Association

  1. Vinsanity – The Dunk of Death in the 2000 Olympics (Best dunk ever. Period.)
  2. Henry Bekkering – Windmill Vinsanity-style at SuperPages II in 2003 (Watch this!)
  3. The Air Up There – 720 dunk from AND1 (actually a 540 but who cares…it’s filthy)
  4. James White – Between The Legs From The Stripe in 2006. Ok, so he misses it in this contest, but he proved he could do it a Midnight Madness event. (In a few years time, I’m willing to bet that Mr. White will be at the top of the list above)
  5. Dr. J – Freethrow Stylin’ at the ABA contest in 76 (You didn’t think I’d go this whole listing without showin’ respect to the Doctor did you?)
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