Read part one of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball. Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height.
With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!!
– Vince Carter- 2000 Champion
For anyone who didn’t watch this entire contest from start to finish, you are only hurting yourself. VC’s performance was no doubt elevated by Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis. Everybody knew VC was the best leaper and “in game” dunker in the NBA at the time, but that doesn’t always translate to Dunk Contest success. After two years of no Dunk Contests, VC’s performance is exactly what the NBA needed.
Before the contest VC stated he had four dunks he was going to do that no one had ever done- and he wasn’t lying. His reverse 360 windmill to start it set the tone. His between the legs off the bounce pass “East Bay Funk Dunk” blew people’s minds. Hanging on the rim with his elbow, then finishing with a two handed dunk from near the free throw line wrapped up the title. Kenny Smith said it best when he said, “Carter is like a combination of Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.” True that.