The NBA’s Top 20 Dunkers

By: 04.20.12
Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan

Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan (photo. Rob Hammer)

Nothing gets us going in the Dime offices like a good ol’ fashioned debate, and the best debates are the ones that get heated. Trying to rate the best dunkers in the league is unanimously impossible. Do you want style? Force? Does a big man get points taken away? If a player is an epic dunker in warm-ups, does that count?

Back in the day, we had Vince Carter and there was no denying what type of dunker he was. But in the current NBA, outside of perhaps one or two guys, you could make a case for anyone.

Gerald Green jumps REALLY high. DeAndre Jordan dunks all the time. Shannon Brown is only 6-3 and yet is always packing a nice highlight. We’ve heard them all. Now, as we’ve done in the past, we took a shot: Who are the 20 best dunkers in the NBA?

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20. SHANNON BROWN
Two years ago one of the biggest fan movements in the NBA was the “Let Shannon Dunk” campaign. Brown was putting on dazzling in-game dunking exhibitions ever night for the Los Angeles Lakers and was pre-crowned the automatic winner of the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest. For some reason, Brown couldn’t live up to the hype and was one of the worst slam dunk competitors the competition has ever seen.

The 2010 Dunk Contest proved that Brown is more of an in-game dunker than a competition dunker. But with his hops and athleticism that’s not a bad thing, as despite a change of scenery, his high flying dunking ways have continued with the Phoenix Suns.
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19. KEVIN DURANT
It makes sense that one of the best scorers in the league is also one of the best dunkers in the game. At 6-9, with a wingspan of 7-5, getting to the rim is one of Durant’s specialties. Brendan Haywood, Roy Hibbert, Al Harrington and DeJuan Blair have all been on the receiving end of his thunderous dunks.

For Durant, dunking is nothing more than an opportunity to score in a different way; it’s just another weapon in his deadly arsenal.

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18. JEREMY EVANS
As we touched on back in January, similar to Shannon Brown, there was a large fan campaign to get Jeremy Evans and his pogo stick hops into the dunk contest. The #LetJeremyDunk campaign was successful and helped introduced the world to the dunking phenom that is Jeremy Evans.

Overall, the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest was pretty weak and too gimmicky, but the two ball dunk over Gordon Hayward by Evans has to be one of the better dunks in dunk contest history.

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