10 Best Lebron James Dunks
Quantifying the 10 best Lebron James dunks is easy: nobody dunks like LBJ. When it comes to eye-popping, surreal slams, "The Chosen One" throws it down with an authority like no one else. From the tomahawk game-changer to the alley-oop crowd-pleaser, Lebron James has cemented his place with the league's elite above the rim.
- The Finisher, May 27, 2007. Cleveland found themselves down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals and tied with Detroit midway through the fourth quarter of Game 3. Needing a spark to kickstart the crowd and the team, Lebron James single-handedly turned the series tide with a fearless slam over the outstretched arm of Rasheed Wallace. The Cavs went on to win the next four games, knocking out their division rivals on the way to the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance.
- The Every Angle Dunk, February 3, 2005. After stealing a pass and starting the fastbreak, Lebron James took a Jeff McInnis bounce pass and rose up for the dunk. Miami guard Damon Jones gave up on the play in midair, but not before getting caught in the dunk fallout. As Shaquille O'Neal explained after the game, the dunk would be replayed, recapped, and remembered, from every angle the cameras could capture, over and over again.
- The "Where Amazing Happens" Dunk, May 12, 2008. With Cleveland down 2-1 to Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and nursing a small lead in the waning minutes of Game 4, Lebron James stepped up to deliver a signature slam to seal the victory. The King dribbled around a Joe Smith pick, past Paul Pierce and James Posey, and posterized Kevin Garnett with a one-handed tomahawk dunk to ignite the crowd and provide the NBA with commercial material for the playoffs the next year.
- The Fundamental Dunk, November 3, 2006. Lebron James dribbled around a Drew Gooden pick to find nothing but the hoop and Tim Duncan standing in his way. Taking off between the painted circles, LBJ rose up and over the "Big Fundamental," raining down a powerful slam that sent Duncan flying and Cleveland on to victory. The Spurs would have their revenge in the playoffs, however, sweeping the Cavs for their fourth NBA title, but the memory of one of Lebron's best dunks survives.
The Alley-ooooop, April 19, 2008. On the heels of Deshawn Stevenson calling Lebron "overrated," Cleveland faced its third playoff match-up against the Washington Wizards in three years. When Cavs point guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson's alley-oop pass sailed high and away, the King stretched well behind his head and hammered it down, a signature dunk that set the tone for the rest of the series.
- The Free Throw Line Dunk, November 11, 2008. Lebron James paid homage to "His Airness" Michael Jordan with a monster slam that sealed the victory over the visiting Bucks. The King stole an errant pass from Luc Mbah a Moute, sped past three Milwaukee defenders, and launched from just inside the free throw line to throw down one of his most memorable dunks.
- The New York Shuffle, December 19, 2007. King James saves some of his best performances for Madison Square Garden. Double-teamed on the perimeter, Lebron James took the ball behind his back and between his legs, tip-toed the baseline and crushed home a crowd-pleasing reverse dunk.
- The Dallas Two-Step, March 1, 2007. The Chosen One only needed one step to get around two Mavericks defenders for a two-handed, double-clutch dunk. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki wanted no part of this photo op and watched LBJ crush home one of his best slams.
- Flight 23, January 28, 2007. Racing to the rim, King James rose up with Suns guard Leandro Barbosa following him to the air. While Barbosa found his flight grounded, LBJ hit the stratosphere and didn't come down until the runway was clear to land.
- The Sneak Peak Dunk, March 27, 2004. Fighting for a playoff spot in Lebron's rookie year, Cleveland rode the L-Train for the final ten points against top-ranked New Jersey, punctuated by a King James breakaway dunk that sealed the victory and provided a glimpse into the bright future of the NBA's rising star.