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NBA’s Greatest In-Game Dunks of All Time

Anthony Edwards and Jalen Johnson Had Insane Dunks on Monday Night, How Do They Stack Up?

NBA’s Greatest In-Game Dunks of All Time
Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Posterized

Man, I don’t know many humans who can do that but it’s the stuff of legends…

Dunks are back in a major way. Last night, we saw two of the best of the year. First, we gotta talk about the NBA news surrounding Anthony Edwards. He’s quickly becoming one of the funnest players to watch in the NBA due to his dunking.

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It also helps that Anthony Edwards’ stats are among the best. He almost murdered Utah Jazz forward John Collins when he lept clean over him for a thunderous dunk.

Not to be outdone, Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson cleared Austin Reaves for a dunk of his own.

It was a great night for dunking and it got us thinking about some of the best dunks that have ever happened in NBA games. I don’t think Edwards’ makes the cut because he kinda just threw the ball in the basket and also dislocated his finger in the process. We gotta have a bit more finesse to be considered an all-timer. Johnson’s won’t make the cut either because I don’t feel like his finish was quite strong enough.

Regardless, we are here to tell you what the greatest dunks of all time are.

 

DeAndre Jordan (2013)

DeAndre Jordan isn’t the player he once was but when he was in his prime, he was a scary dunker. His masterpiece came in 2013 against Brandon Knight and the Detroit Pistons. In the second quarter, he took an alley-oop and bodied Knight on his way to a violent dunk.

Knight was stuck on the floor for a few moments after as Jordan and his teammates went crazy. It was truly an iconic moment.

 

Julius Erving (1983)

When it comes to dunking, the NBA has evolved in a lot of ways. However, you can’t discount one of the greatest forefathers of dunking Julius Irving. His crowning achievement was his “rock the baby” dunk. It was one of the first iconic dunks and still holds today.

 

Michael Jordan (1991)

Would be remiss not to include a dunk from Michael Jordan on this list. Arguably his best dunk ever came against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. It’s just a masterpiece of a sequence. Not only does he put his defender on ice skates with his ball handling, but he finishes it off by posterizing Patrick Ewing. This is why people say he’s the greatest player ever.

 

Blake Griffin (2012)

Blake Griffin has had an up-and-down career but there’s no denying he’s an all-time dunker. He had a lot of options to choose from but my personal favorite came in 2012 on Kendrick Perkins. He posterized the former Thunder big man. I don’t understand how somebody that big can jump so high. Man, it sucks that injuries derailed his career.

 

LeBron James (2012)

LeBron James doesn’t get enough credit for being an incredible in-game dunker. It’s probably because he never did the Slam Dunk contest. Regardless, he’s one of the best ever and perhaps his greatest achievement as a dunker came in 2012 while he was with the Heat.

He easily jumped over John Lucas III en route to a powerful alley-oop dunk. He barely even touched Lucas with how high he got. I don’t know how a grown man can do that to another man.

 

Vince Carter (1999)

Vince Carter’s dunks were a big part of my childhood so he’s going to get his flowers here. He was truly one of the greatest dunkers to ever do it. I think his best ever came in 1999 against the Indiana Pacers. This dunk just has so many style points.

He gets really high and does a behind-the-back windmill. Man, I don’t know many humans who can do that but it’s the stuff of legends.

 

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