The NBA has produced some of the greatest dunkers ever. These special dunkers knew how to electrified the crowd and make them jumped out of their seats with their spectacular dunks. Basketball fans cannot wait to witness an offensive player slam-dunk over a defending player in a play. There was nothing like seeing an amazing slam-dunk from a great basketball player.
1. Vince Carter is the greatest dunker of all-time. Nicknamed “Half Man, Half Amazing”, Vince Carter captivated the NBA universe with his athleticism and dunking abilities. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2000. Vince Carter “posterized” great big men and shot blockers such as Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and Tim Duncan. In his prime, Vince Carter’s dunks were always fun to watch. One of his most memorable dunks occurred during the 2000 Summer Olympics when he dunked over 7-foot 2 Frédéric Weis of France. That dunk is still talk about to this day.
2. Michael Jordan was like the symbol of the dunk for many years in the NBA. Nicknamed “Air Jordan” because of his high-flying slam-dunks during a play and from the free throw line in slam-dunk contests. He was a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner (1987-1988). Michael Jordan had an amazing leaping ability, which helped him take slam-dunks to the next level. He never failed to entertain the crowd with his athleticism and high-flying dunks.
3. Dominique Wilkins earned the nickname “The Human Highlight Film” for his athletic ability and highlight reel dunks. His dunks had power and finesse. Dominique Wilkins was one of those great players that basketball fans could not wait to see dunk the ball during a play. One of his trademark dunks was the two-handed windmill, which he utilized to capture the NBA Slam Dunk Contest titles in 1985 and 1990.
4. Julius Erving a.k.a. Dr. J revolutionized the slam-dunk in basketball. His style of play emphasized leaping and playing above the rim. His dunks were spectacular and full of power. He influenced many great dunkers such as Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, and Kobe Bryant. Dr. J introduced dunking off the foul line to a national audience, when he demonstrated the feat in the 1976 ABA All-Star Game Dunking Contest. It was one of the greatest highlights in basketball history.
5. Shawn Kemp was one of the best dunkers I ever saw in the NBA. Nicknamed “The Reign Man,” Shawn Kemp had stupendous leaping abilities and he soared when he dunked the ball. I always admired the sheer power and flash of Shawn Kemp’s dunks especially when Gary Payton set him up nicely during a play.