I am just sitting here watching the NBA Slam Dunk contest and while sure there are some good dunkers on display, I really don't think any of the competitors are what I would call the 'best dunker in the NBA'.
So as I sat here it got me thinking just who is the best dunker in the NBA? I am talking about night in and night out, who is the best, most spectacular dunker going around.
Now when I talk about the best dunker in the NBA I am talking about consistent in game dunking. Earlier this year LA Laker Xavier Henry threw down one of the most spectacular facial dunks I have seen in a while.
As amazing as this dunk was, it was just one dunk. He doesn't do it all the time. Same goes for Paul George, who is a very good dunker (and dunk contest competitor)and who recently threw down this ridiculous in game 360 dunk.
However, as good as Paul George is, he doesn't do it all the time either.
I am also talking about just this year (2014). Guys like Dwyane Wade, Shannon Brown, Derek Rose, Russell Westbrook, and Kobe Bryant have all been known to throw down some crazy in game dunks. However they have either been mostly injured or not playing much this season so they are excluded as well.
With that in mind here are my Top dunkers of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Gerald Green is getting lots of playing time this season in Phoenix and he has been delivering. He would have to be a strong candidate for Most Improved Player after doubling his scoring average. His stellar play has shown he is far more than just a dunker, but that doesn't mean he can't still throw down some beastly dunks.
Blake Griffin is such a monster athlete that he has invented a whole new class of dunk - the Mozgov. On any given night he can get you 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, but on any given night he can also make any hapless defender look bad as he serves up the facial.
The best player in the game also happens to be one of the best dunkers in the game. LeBron's ball handling, speed, strength, and jumping ability make him a match up nightmare for any opponents. Seeing him run the full length of the floor for one of his head at the rim tomahawk jams is a thing of beauty.
This might be a surprise inclusion, but I think KD is one of the better dunkers in the league. I saw him play against Memphis in December and he had three coast to coast facial jams in the first half alone. Although not as fast or as strong as LeBron, Durant also possesses a unique blend of size and ball handling ability that enables him to get out on the break and viscously dunk on people.
In the NBA there are plenty of amazing athletes who will dunk on any opponents who let their concentration down. However those guys I have just mentioned do it better and more often than most.
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