10 Best Dunks In NBA History
Dunking in the NBA is very common, but which ones can be considered the 10 best dunks in NBA history? Almost every NBA player will dunk the basketball whenever the opportunity arises. NBA players have different reasons for dunking; some seem to dunk the ball to entertain as well as to score easy points. See the list below for ten of the best dunks in NBA history.
- Darryl Dawkins. The six foot ten inch Dawkins was the first player ever to be drafted out of high school. On November 13th, 1979 while playing against the Kansas City Kings as a Philadelphia Seventy Sixer, Dawkins shocked onlookers as he shattered the backboard with a dunk over Bill Robinzine's defense.
- Darryl Dawkins. One month later on December 5th, 1979 Darryl, did it again against the San Antonio Spurs. This time Darryl brought the entire backboard and rim to the floor. Darryl received a call from the commissioner of the NBA ordering him to stop or be fined five thousand dollars each time he destroyed a backboard. Darryl never shattered another.
- Spud Webb. Standing just five feet seven inches, Spud Webb was one of the shortest basketball players ever to play in the NBA. Atlanta's Spud Webb drives to the hoop and uses his forty two inch vertical leap to slam dunk over Golden State's seven foot seven inch Manute Bol's guard.
- Spud Webb. During the February 9th, 1986 Slam Dunk Contest, Spud throws himself a high pass and uses his extraordinary leaping abilities to do a reverse dunk to defeat defending champion Dominique Wilkins.
- Julius Erving. Dr. J. revolutionized dunking in the NBA. Erving won the first ever Slam Dunk Contest. During the 76ers championship season on January 7th, 1983, Erving dunked over the Lakers Michael Cooper. Erving cupped the ball between his wrist and forearm and rocked it like a baby beforehand.
- Michael Jordan. During a June 13th,1991 conference quarter finals game, Jordan, a Chicago Bull, slam dunked over the Knicks Patrick Ewing. The basket counted and also earned a foul.
- LeBron James. In 2005, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James gets the perfect pass on a sprint down court to slam dunk in Miami Heat's Damon Jones' face. Oh so good.
- Shaquille O'Neal. During their June 4th, 2000 Western Conference Finals game, Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant set Shaq up with the perfect alley-oop pass to slam two points over Rasheed Wallace.
- Kobe Bryant. L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant shakes the defense and goes to the hoop for a slam dunk right in the face of Houston Rockets' seven foot plus Yao Ming in an April, 4th 2006 game.
- Allen Iverson. Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson grabs a rebound in the air and slams it in the face of Toronto Raptors' Marcus Camby and half of the Toronto defense. There was four seconds left on the shot clock in this 97-98 regular season game.