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The NBA’s Top 20 Dunkers

By 04.20.12

7. RUDY GAY
As a dunker, Rudy Gay is the NBA’s closest active answer to Dominique Wilkins. Athletically, his build and skill set are similar to ‘Nique. Stylistically, the comparison works too: Gay’s windmills are textbook, and while ‘Nique is the author of that textbook, Gay has also graduated to making a backwards two-hand windmill one of his signature in-game dunks.

Gay hasn’t performed as well in dunk contests, but he may be a victim of changing times more than anything. Wilkins wasn’t terribly creative during his dunk contest career either, but got by on sheer power and grace. Gay is the same, but in the 21st century, the audience demands more ingenuity.


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