Best Slam Dunkers in Basketball

The Top Ten

1 Vince Carter Vince Carter Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

Vince is the definition of poetry in motion. No one dunks like him. Jordan, Nique, the Doctor, they were all great dunkers but Vince dunked with passion. The form, power, creativity, the swag. It's over ladies and gentlemen

Vince Carter is the best dunker to ever live. Michael Jordan is even close to Vince Carter's dunking ability. Did MJ ever stick his elbow in the rim? NO! Did MJ do a 360 windmill? NO! Did MJ ever get in a dunk from between his legs off a bounce pass from T-Mac? NO! Dr. Is better than MJ.

No no no no. If you believe Michael Jordan is the best dunker than clearly you have never seen the 2000 Dunk Contest. Sure Jordan did the Free Throw dunk but Carters dunks were far more innovative and jaw dropping. You could feel the power he dealt with every dunk. Elbow in the rim dunk, bounce pass between legs dunk and my favourite, the 360 windmill dunk. Easily the greatest dunker. VINSANITY! - decorulez97

He's a beast

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2 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

Created so many types of in-game dunks and was the most completely unstoppable dunking force of all time. And easily the greatest player EVER. - apachereporter

Hands down, Michael Jordan. Why? The one handed slam dunk with his tongue sticking out. He had the best dunks in the 90s, and the best of all time. - the_dude_abides

Created those nice trademark dunks! Best ever in the game!

He is unstoppable all the others stink

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3 Julius Erving Julius Erving Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.

I grew up in the Dr. J error, Doc is the MAN! Period, end of story! If it wasn't for his love for the game and his passion, his hart, the entertainment on the basketball court. Are you kidding me? Come on everyone, give this man his due because he paid all of them. Someone had to be the leader, started it all and he is it. The rest of the gentlemen learned from him. Their wouldn't be any magnificent highlights in this wonderful sport if he didn't play the game. Raise that percentage.

Dr j is the first real great dunker basketball has seen he won the first ever slam dunk contest. Jordans "original three throw line dunk was eh kind of invented by Julius Erving

Dr J was not as athletic as Vince Carter or Jordan, but without the Doctor, dunking wouldn't be an exciting event, when Dr J attacked the rack he would posterize anyone in his way and make you look like a fool for even trying. Jordan and Vince added some pieces in, but the Doctor put the heart in the body.

Dr. J was the first NBA player I loved to watch play. He played in an era where highlights were not shown all the time, like they are today. I’m sure he had hundreds of amazing dunks that were only seen by the fans in the arena that night. If Dr. J would have played his entire career in the NBA, he would have been more appreciated. He was the most exciting player, the 13 years before Jordan arrived. Jordan only took over due to Ervings age.

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4 Dominique Wilkins Dominique Wilkins

Beat jordan in the dunk contest, the only reason y jordan won the next year was b/c he wasn't in it - True2theGame

All other players were great players
but guys no one slam dunked like this man
he just was the best

Drafted by the Atlanta hawks in 1981, dominque is considered one of the greatest Dunkers of all time. He was known for beating Jordan in the dunk contest and is a hall of famer.


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5 Lebron James Lebron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

LeBron is far from the top 10. All he does is pull it back and slam it in. No creativity at all. He would be lucky to get by the first round of the dunk contest. - Bronson

LBJ doesn't do too much fancy stuff, but he does THROW it down like a monster! tip for defenders are to step away lol... including you kobe ;) - 23K1NG

Are you joking this guy is forth this guy can throw down on anybody like a monster he jumps higher than anybody on this list YOU can't DEFEND THIS GUY

Best INgame dunker ever

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6 Blake Griffin Blake Griffin Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

Y is Blake not the top. I can't think of anyone better. Hello he was a slam dunk champ. Plus he's super hot. He's got the whole package. Plus his Kia commercials r outrageously funny! If you haven't seen them yet watch them. Of there is anyone else who could dunk better than him and look sexy while doing it I'm sure I would have heard of them.

Right now there are non better than blake at dunking, he basically makes a living off of attacking the rim. Jordan in all honesty was better but today, there are none better than griffin.

Blake griffin is the best dunker now because of his ability to jump spectacular and the momentum to not give up and give it all he's got

You are boss blake griffin

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7 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

I would vote for Vince but Kobe is only #9 so I'm voting for him

Kobe can dunk very well for a man his age and size.

If you don't admit to one's self that he is the greatest to play during his time then, you haven't been paying attention.


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8 Shawn Kemp Shawn Kemp Shawn Travis Kemp is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons.

I was never a big fan of Kemp, but this is a joke. He is hands down the best dunker to ever step foot on a court. I don't think there's even an argument

Kemp is the best ever! His best dunks were in pressure situations and he would dunk over the top of other players.

No doubt about it. Some of those guys at the top of this list are great. Shawn Kemp was hands down the greatest of them all!

Perfectas sus clavadas

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9 Jason Richardson

Yeah better than kobe and james! He should be in the top 5 - redemarrageachaud19

What this guy should be top 5. He's very underrated - nbaallstar

Easily one of the greatest to ever dunk a basketball. Top 3 for sure

Are you serious, has no one seen the 2002/2003 dunk contest vs desmond mason, THIS MAN IS A LEGEND

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10 Gerald Green

People don't know Gerald Green because he's never been a big name player, but dude can get up and throw down like nobody's business.

Drafted by the Boston celtics in 2005, he showed some of the most unbelievable and athletic dunks ever. A three time dunk contest qualifier and had won it twice.

The Newcomers

? Tyson Chandler Tyson Chandler Tyson Cleotis Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.
? Steve Nash Steve Nash Stephen John Nash, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

The Contenders

11 Clyde Drexler Clyde Drexler Clyde Austin "The Glide" Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. During his career, he was a ten-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

1 of Kobe Bryant's top 5 players to defend

Drafted by the Portland trail blazers in 1983, Clyde " the glide" drexler wowed people with his ability to glide as he dunks. Drexler is now a hall of famer.

Best dunker in the 80's

12 Tracy McGrady Tracy McGrady Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association, where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward.

Drafted by the Toronto raptors in 1997, Tracy brought show time dunks to Toronto. His dunks were unpredictable; it could be skillful, powerful, or athletic dunks. Tracy came straight from high school to the nba and is a possible hall of famer.

Ask Shawn Bradley who he thinks the best dunker of all time is.

The Best- He takes the most ridiculous shots and risks and comes through - ciacrossfire121

How is he number 12 broke the backboard

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13 Spud Webb

Spud Webb is a awesome NBA player way did he retire because everybody will be coming from every were just to see him Spud Webb is a short guy like me but we can jump high because one day. I jumped 89 feet in a fitness test.

If a guy under 6 foot can whip everyone in a dunk contest, how the hell is he not the best? - TKDCats312

has one of the best vertical jumps in the game

Spud was so small and he could jump that. Hi give him number ten

14 Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins was an American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career.

Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975, he had powerful dunks that were so strong that they had to make the rims stronger because he had broken two backboards. He was one of the first players drafted out of high school

he shattered backboards and dunked the ball like he was holding a tennis ball

It think you are in top two

15 J Smoove (Josh Smith)

Dunk champ in 2005, and he hasn't stopped throwing down since.

Atl represent! J smoove is a boss

16 DeAndre Jordan DeAndre Jordan Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

Jordan's dunk in Detroit was monstrous.

The most athletic center of all time.

Best fg% in league because of this man's dunk! - MikeD1028

17 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

He didn't have the best season but when he wants to he can dunk the basketball.

He. Is. Superman. There's nothing left to say... And he knows that fast don't lie.

I like him because he does th superman dunk

This guy sucks deandre Jordan should be higher than this guy

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18 Michael Finley

Very underrated. He posterized a lot of people in his career. Just look it up on YouTube.

19 Zach Lavine Zach Lavine

Totally the best dunker he's the defending slam dunk champion and won the 2015 and 2016 slam dunk contests! Go Timberwolves!

He's the best Slam dunker of all time he even won two pro basketball contests and he's the defending champion

He is the only one that might be able to challenge the GOAT Vince Carter.

This guy is so crazy good.In the 2016 Slam Dunk, he got a bunch of 50 dunk in a row!

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20 Josh Smith Josh Smith

He's on here twice.

21 Nate Robinson Nate Robinson

nate robinson is just 5 feet and 9 inchs and he's won slam dunk contest a record 3 times. his jumps measures at 50 inches. with these stats, he's arguably the greatest slam dunker..

Nate Robinson's only 5'9'' so back to #2. How the (swear word) isn't he first in this whole entire all-time first. 2nd is Spud Webb. The last is Shaq. He doesn't jump, he only just ordinary hang on tight!

Little guy but guess what! He could dunk and jump over the taller man

He a baller

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22 Derrick Rose Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

He is quite possibly the best dunking PG in the history of the league. - Bronson

23 Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

Russell Westbrook is the most athletic pg in the game right now. Have you seen his highlights from the 2015 and 2016 all star games. The guy is a beast. He's a point guard that dunks like a big man

Pretty good dunker

He is way too cool


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24 Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Aaron Addison Gordon is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association.

Have you seen him since he came up in the nba

He is a really good dunker like have you watched Zach LaVine vs Aron Gordon

He can’t be lower then tmac

25 Draymond Green Draymond Green Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
26 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

Got to remember the question is not who is the most FLASHY dunker its who is the best dunker and he was unstoppable. but couldn't could shoot for live - gummysniper

Shaq is the best dunker of all time because he makes the rim suffer.
He always broke the rim when he floats in the air and aiming for a slam dunk.

I thought shaq needed some love

Shaq is a beast

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27 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . more.

Wilt once dunk the ball so hard that he broke somebody foot when the ball hit the ground - gummysniper

His "baseline dunk" was truly amazing; he jumped straight up with his head BEHIND the backboard, and reached up under the basket to dunk it in with his wrist.
Wilt is also the ONLY player in history to actually dunk from behind the free-throw line; all the rest, including MJ and Dr. J had their toe touch the line when they took off.

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28 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

Stephen curry can dunk.But I under stan why he is 34


29 Brent Barry
30 David Thompson

Drafted by the Denver nuggets in 1975, was known for his spectacular dunks as well as his 46 inch vertical leap. He was a qualifier for the ABA slam dunk contest and is a hall of famer.

31 KG Canaleta

He is the skywalker in the Philippines

32 James "Flight" White

Dude can dunk from the ft line an adds some more moves with that, only a quarter of these people can do those stuff!

Between the legs from ft line

33 John Wall John Wall

DId you see the NBA 2014 sprite slam dunk competition?

He was crazy in the 2014 dunk competition. No one came close to beating him!

Pg shiuld have won that - gummysniper

34 Kelly Williams

A sensational slam dunker! - ermi1234

35 Dee Brown

€No look dunk • He is more known for he dunking than his overall skill

36 Brian Scalabrine

Easily the greatest.


He is obviously one of the best all time. G.O.A.T!

37 Eric McKnight

Thunderous dunks Ncaa SDSU. 2013 fingertip grab dunk behind him-slam like a gunshot. Awesome alley oop

38 Taurian Fontenette

The only one in the world currently doing the 720 dunk. Amazing street ball dunker!

A.K.A. air Up There

39 J.R. Smith J.R. Smith Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

Does not dunk now but was a monster a few years ago

40 Tom Chambers
41 Steve Francis

Just watch his dunks. He flies! He is a great dunker

42 JaVale McGee JaVale McGee
43 D'Angelo Russell D'Angelo Russell
44 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
45 Karim Abudul-Jabar

You spelled his name wrong

46 Allen Iverson Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.


47 Harold Miner
48 Yao Ming Yao Ming

Highest vertical in the game. He slams it with so much power. If only he was taller than he would be number 1 on this list.

You suck can't jump higher

49 Jerome Kersey

Drafted by the Portland trail blazers in 1985, his dunks were almost as good as Jordan's.

50 Gerald Wallace

Drafted by the Sacramento kings in 2001, he was famous for his many posterizing yet skillful dunks. A two time dunk contest qualifier as well as an all star.

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