NBA / Dec 11, 2008 / 4:08 pm

Top 10 Best In-Game Dunkers

Jason RichardsonJ-Rich

I’m a big Jason Richardson fan. I’m stoked to see him head over to Phoenix, where he’ll have the opportunity to play meaningful games beyond April instead of having the majority of spring off. We know what he’s capable of doing when he plays alongside a legit point guard. And now that he’s got Steve Nash running the ship, expectations should be pretty high.

But as a two-footed jumper, J-Rich doesn’t pull out some of the stops that we’ve seen from LeBron. Though Dwyane Wade has made a play for James’ crown as the League’s best in-game dunker, LBJ is still No. 1.

(in no particular order…)
* LeBron
* Josh Smith
* Dwight Howard
* Jason Richardson
* Amare Stoudemire
* Vince Carter
* Kobe
* Gerald Green
* Rudy Gay
* Dwyane Wade

Honorable Mention: Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, Carmelo Anthony, Al Thornton, J.R. Smith, Nate Robinson, Jamario Moon, Caron Butler, Dahntay Jones, Tyrus Thomas, Manu Ginobili, Travis Outlaw

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  • Kermit the Washington

    I got no problems with this list

    Well I guess if you got Tyrus Thomas in there, then you should put ‘Stro in there too

  • GsusX

    Stro Swift anyone??

  • Three Stacks

    Boom Dizzle, if only for his cram on Kirilenko in the playoffs.

  • tealish

    Another disappointing and baseless list. LeBron…right. I’ll take VC and JSmoove please. And Carmelo shouldn’t even be mentioned. Dude can’t dunk with 1 hand.

  • the scola

    Jason Maxiell and Trevor Ariza…stop sleeping.

  • Ian

    vince carter is the best in game in contest in the moon what ever dunker

    carmelo really? maybe its cuz i dont see many denver games but melo.

    dime thanks for the honorable mention on my boy manu

    desmond mason?

  • Big Sia

    VC OBVIOUSLY

  • flad

    Candace Parker got fiercer dunks than Melo

  • Big Sia
  • it ain’t easy being green

    I wouldent be suprised to see Bill Walker on this list in a couple years

  • zaboomafoo

    Nice list. Carl Landry has some nice stand-still dunks and put backs.

  • srb

    Paul Pierce

  • Ian
  • B Court

    Delonte West. Did anyone see him throw the hammer down at Wachovia Center last night? Wow.

  • http://www.nike.com Rubber Burner

    Ya’ll are trippin on ‘Melo.

    The dude has some serious bangers. He has put the fitted hat on plenty of people. Yao, Ratliff, the whole Argentine squad… Def honorable mention

  • VINNY

    No Shawn Marion? cory maggette?

  • VINNY

    greastest in game 10(imo)- Doc, Hawk, David T., Larry Nance, Bernard King, Dominque, Big Game James, MJ, dARYL dAWKINS(just for the first shattered backboard) Vince.

  • weng santos

    Melo is in this list because of the volume of in-game dunks he makes, not the ferocity. I think he constantly gets several dunks a game, but they’re soft dunks or tip dunks.

    And he doesn’t hang on the rim. The most ferocious dunk I’ve seen him make didn’t even happen in the NBA, but in FIBA competition.

  • Jau28

    Shaq in his prime is tied with VC in his prime as the best in game dunker. ‘Nique is a VERY close second.

  • http://dimemag.com Christian Grant-Fields

    Yo,
    Ya’ll are trippin if you don’t think ‘Melo has hops you need to check Youtube. The dude has bunnies. He scores from a variety of ways so you don’t really see him at the rim alot.

    Plus,
    How Weng Santos pointed out…he never really grabs the rim.

    -cgf

  • Dime Magazine

    Are you guys serious that ‘Melo doesn’t deserve to be on this list? That’s patently absurd.

    ‘Melo on Yao
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFmm9lz-c2Q&feature=related

    ‘Melo on Andre Miller’s backneck
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18XLMyysV5U

    One of the greatest in-game dunks of all time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc6fH-Vn6aA

    - From Andrew Katz and Christian Grant-Fields

  • JBaller

    T-mac used to throw ‘em down with style and power, but he can’t get up like he used to. If you’re gonna include centers, how about Nene…he’s rippin’ the rim down this year with Chauncey droppin’ dimes in Denver.

  • http://theslidesong.tumblr.com/ boredatwork

    Gerald Wallace has been known to get up during games.

  • JBaller

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vzB8Ujf6Mo

    Greatest in-game dunk in history…Starks over Jordan & co…

  • mules

    His dunks ain’t the fiercest or anything but I’m amazed almost every time I see Nate Robinson crush one…it’s just looks more impressive to me when a little guy gets up like that.

  • Tbone

    Sounds like fiad needs to hop on YouTube and do a little homework

    ….at least Rubber Burner gets it

  • http://www.LBJ.com LBJ23

    Lebron SUX at dunking, NO STYLE just got hops

  • JCARR

    good list…

  • Tbone

    or Flad or whatever his lame name is

  • Ian

    jballer
    i think kj on the dream was better

  • jk

    Kenyon Martin?

  • http://www.kikaayacollegeschool.net smity far away

    Top Ten Top 10 Lists from Dime

    Top 10 Jackers

    10 Most Versatile Players

    10 Most Underrated Players

    10 Potential AS Snubs…

  • Big Sia

    OBVIOUSLY VC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bruinking

    I would put Andre Iguodala in the top ten over Gerald Green. I mean, in order to be a top “in-game” dunker, you should probably have to get INTO games consistently.

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ Amar

    oliver miller . . . oh, that’s dunking doughnuts . . .

  • Big V

    Diddy

  • Celts Fan

    I’d still take JRich (of a few years ago anyway) at #1, and Wince, up til a few years ago anyway, is the GOAT at in-game dunking (and just dunking) and I fuckin hate him…

  • Tbone

    and props to Andy and Christian for providing material for idiot boy Flad. Maybe we should just call him flat

  • Celts Fan

    @JBaller – maybe in the NBA (though I’ll take Jordan on Ewing or even Ricky Davis hopping over Nash and screaming “OH SHIT!” into the camera) but, BY FAR, the bets in-game dunk ever was VC on poor Freddy Weiss. devastating

  • Celts Fan

    and that’s ignoring the decade + worth of material ‘Nique gave us.

  • J-Lod

    russell westbrook anyone?he leads all PG in dunks..c’mon y’all, give some love to the eye of thundera..as lion- o screams it…HOOOO!!!!

  • doc

    The list is good money.Dudes sleeping on Melo were all his fans pre AI.They gonna call all Detroit players bums next.

  • http://www.geocities.com/dagomardeg Dagomar

    Yeah . . . VC five years ago. Guy can’t jump nearly as high anymore. At the moment, Lebron is the obvious #1 pick (unless you’re a homer for another team).

  • George W Kush Sr

    I agree with Amar, Oliver Miller used to ravage through the Tim Hortons in Toronto, you just cant compare his passion, his dedication and his consistency with anyone else is the L, ever. Well, maybe Eddy Curry is trying ….

  • http://www.bigtmusic.com Balla

    If Dahntay Jones had MORE dunks I would say him….but you gotta have Trevor Ariza on at least the Honorable Mention List.

  • VINNY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpTfb9SkKaQ# Doc dunked on anybody(walton, Jabbar, thompson)

  • pigpen

    right now, gotta say lbj or amare
    all time? how bout the reign man, shawn kemp

  • Tbone

    Oh what happened to Flad? Where did he go?

    So strange….

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ Amar

    the problem in comparing oliver miller and eddie curry is the problem of scope. oliver miller used to dunk a lot of doughnuts. curry? he just strait up used to eat the bakers who used to make the doughnuts.

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ Amar

    rumors suggest that the bakers are still alive, and continue to make doughnuts for curry, directly inside his body. curry burns less calories this way.

  • Pais

    I’m disgusted that any of you have the audacity to treat this as a debateable issue. One word “Vinsanity”, now go to bed all of you.

  • barons beard

    Kenyon Martin needs to be at least mentioned, one of my favourite in game dunkers, raw power

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ Amar

    raw nipples . . .

  • rkirby

    LBJ23 has just blasphemed and should be banned from making comments

  • Promoman

    I’d still go with Vince Carter. His game’s expanded past dunking, so that’s why a lot of people write him off as past his prime. LeBron’s noteable because of his vertical, speed, and his power. He doesn’t do things that Vince pulls off. Vince should also get the nod over LeBron because he lacks LeBron’s size and still is the standard when it comes to dunking.

  • Promoman

    I’d still go with Vince Carter. His game’s expanded past dunking, so that’s why a lot of people write him off as past his prime. LeBron’s noteable because of his vertical, speed, and his power. He doesn’t do things that Vince pulls off. Vince should also get the nod over LeBron because he lacks LeBron’s size and still is the standard when it comes to dunking.

  • Mike

    Decent list, but why is VC there, he’s been irrelevant for 6 seasons.

  • VC fan in TO

    @VINNY – did you really mention James Worthy as one of your best in game dunkers of all time? Honestly? Might wanna rethink that man, he threw down some of the most plain dunks I’ve ever seen. Same plain one hander off of a pass from Magic. Dude could ball no question but top ten in game dunker? HELL naw.

  • Ian

    all time
    vince
    nique
    reign man

  • Bron42 AkA Your Moms Best Friend

    rkirby, actually hes right, lebron isn’t a great style dunker..hes a big power dunker…but for the most part he only has 3 dunks. even his highlights from the raptors game were all the same one handed dunk, just comin from different angles. Hes more amare than he is vince or jordan when it comes to dunkin…he dunks 1 hand cocked back, 2 hands or maybe a windmill but hes not 360ing on the break like vince used to do or bangin on 7’0 guys like jordan used to do and dont you dare say that weak space jam dunk over duncan who didn’t even jump. Hence why u will never see lebron in a dunk contest that isn’t rigged for him to win cough cough mcdonalds cough

  • Sweet English

    Top Ten Actual Dunkers(By amount scored this season as of today)

    1. Dwight Howard & Amare Stoudemire (51 Dunks each)
    3. Nene (50 Dunks)
    4. Lebron (45 Dunks)
    5. Bynum (44 Dunks)
    6. D-Wade (35 Dunks)
    7. K-Mart & Corey Brewer (34 Dunks each)
    9. Pau (33 Dunks)
    10. D-Lee (31 Dunks)

  • Mark

    Richard Jefferson anyone?!

  • MSkittle

    Good list

  • Nene

    What about Nene?

  • karizmatic

    This list is pretty on point you should make it 12 and elevate Tyrus Thomas from honorable mention and add Stromile Swift as well.

  • doug

    SRB did you just say Paul Pierce?Can you remember the last time you seen that guy get off the ground for a jumper much less a dunk.LMAO.Pierce shouldn’t even be in this discussion. V.Carter is the illest dunker i’ve ever seen excluding nobody, in game dunks,dunk contests I’ve never seen anyone do what that cat does as far as dunking.

  • Joesmoove

    DWade is the BEST ingame dunker in the world! You must realize that although Lebron jumps higher because he is taller, and Lebron’s dunk are thunderous, he never dunks on anyone because no one in their right mind will jump with Lebron once he gets a running start, although he travels EVERY DAMN TIME, he will dunk on whoever jumps with him.

    DWade on the other hand, dunks ON PEOPLE ie: Okafor, Josh Smith, Marc Gasol to name a few this year. People underestimate his jumping ability because he is 6’4″, once that happens and they try to jump, they get DUNKED ON.

    j

  • Wes