Ranking the top dunkers for the 2018-19 NBA season
Top Dunkers for the 2018-19 NBA season
There's nothing quite like a rim-rocking slam dunk, especially one delivered by one of the world's best players.
But which NBA star does it best?
What follows is a breakdown of the best dunkers in the NBA for the 2018-19 season.
15. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
14. DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks
13. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Dennis Smith, Jr, Dallas Mavericks
10. Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Like father, like son. In the same vein as Nance Sr., Nance Jr. has earned a reputation as a high-flying big man who can put anyone on a poster.
Nance narrowly finished second behind Donovan Mitchell (don't worry, we'll get to him later) in last year's Slam Dunk Contest. LeBron may be gone, but Nance will at least provide Cavs fans some jaw-dropping dunks to enjoy after signing a contract extension with Cleveland.
9. John Wall, Washington Wizards
There are few sights like seeing Wall sprint full-steam down the court and throw down a vicious southpaw spike. The Wizards' point guard is the embodiment of "lightning in a bottle."
It's not talked about much, but Wall actually "won" the almost universally panned 2014 Slam Dunk Contest.
Wall was part of Team East along with Paul George and Terrance Ross which defeated the Western Conference team comprised of Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore. Wall named the "Dunker of the Night" afterwards.
Thank the basketball gods the team format only lasted one year.
8. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo made the leap into superstardom last season in his first season with Indiana, but he's always possessed the ability to pull off highlight-reel slams.
Oladipo struggled in his first dunk contest appearance last season, finishing fourth out of four dunkers.
But judging by the variety of his in-game dunks, he's got the creativity and athleticism to win one real soon.
7. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
The man the kids call "Spida" took the NBA world by storm last season, helping the Jazz claim the fifth seed in the uber-competitive West and winning the Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie.
However, Mitchell's most memorable dunk came in the playoffs against the Rockets, Mitchell recovering his own miss and detonating the rim with a ridiculous one-handed spike.
The hype = real.
6. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
In fact, he's only won one Slam Dunk Contest, all the way back in 2011.
But don't get it wrong, he's still one of the most feared players when attacking the rim. Just ask Julius Randle.
5. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
He's struggled with injuries the past few seasons, but LaVine's still got the hops to punish a rim every now and then.
Chicago's high-flying guard is also part of an exclusive club: he's one of four players (Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson, Nate Robinson) to win back-to-back Slam Dunk Contests.
In 2016, he beat the next man on this list in one of the greatest dunk contests of all-time.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
You better box out if the Bucks miss a shot, because if not, the Greek Freak will put you on a poster.
Antetokounmpo is well on his way to claiming an MVP trophy in the near future, and if he wanted to, he could easily take the Slam Dunk Contest title too.
But maybe, like our top-two dunkers, such competitions aren't really his thing.
2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Every time Westbrook soars through the air and throws down a thunderous slam, he does so with a rarely seen fury.
Westbrook runs the floor like he's been shot out of a cannon, and finishes with unbridled violence.
It's as if the rim stole his girl. Or if it left Oklahoma City to join the Warriors. Regardless, it's amazing to behold.
1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
He may be a seasoned veteran now, but "The King" still reigns supreme when it comes to dunks.
There are few players in the history of the game like James who can make an entire arena hold its breath as he races toward the basket and leaps up for a tomahawk slam. And he's still doing it at 33.
He has his own signature dunk too. And while it will never match "The Jumpman" logo, Lebron's left-to-right power one-handed windmill slam incredibly powerful and remarkibly graceful.