Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, and Zach LaVine are three of the most explosive athletes in the league. We can say that with utmost confidence even though they’ve yet to partake in a regular season or let alone exhibition NBA game – leapers like this are obviously few and far, far between. Wiggins, Gordon, and LaVine have dazzled with memorable dunks in high school, college, and Summer League, stoking the possible fire of a sorely needed All-Star Weekend dunk contest revival.
Who would win this surely epic battle? The folks at Ballislife compiled an awesome video of Wiggins, Gordon, and LaVine’s high-flying antics to help you decide. Read More »
You’ve probably never heard of Tyler Inman of Southwestern Christian, a school that’s part of the obscure National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. That might change after the NAIA held their inaugural dunk contest and Inman flew out of the gym by tossing himself a lob, then taking off just inside the free throw line to throw it down. Read More »
Pacers wing Paul George made quite a leap in play last season, winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. But this season, he’s been even more spectacular, leading the Pacers to the best record in the league (32-7) while averaging a career-high 23.2 PPG and shooting a career-high 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. Just two years ago he had to appeal to the NBA to get into the Dunk Contest. This year, they’re asking him to participate. Read More »
The 5-7 Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb turns 50 today, and while he only averaged 9.9 points and 5.3 assists over his 12-year career with Atlanta, Sacramento and two brief sojourns to Minnesota and Orlando, he’ll always be remembered as, not just one of the NBA’s best dunkers, but also one of the league’s finest little men. But we loved to see him sky, so we’re reliving his amazing performance during the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest. Read More »
This is a post about Terrence Ross, Toronto rookie, not Ross, the Washington Husky. The photo with this post was chosen for a reason, though, because it brings back a vivid memory of when I talked to his college coach, Lorenzo Romar, over the phone 14 months ago and asked him who he’d compare him to. I’d seen Ross play a little in high school and knew he was athletic, but Romar sang his praises: “More like a J.R. Smith. A guy who is extremely athletic but who can shoot the basketball with discipline.” Read More »
If you host it, they will dunk. That’s how I imagine the thinking behind FIBA’s 3-on-3 world tour this summer, where a dunk contest has followed each stop’s tournament. Even though 3-on-3 hoops with high-level players leads to about as many alley-oops as a dunk contest itself, the actual competitions have been more than just a sideshow. Add Madrid’s duel between Polish compatriots Raphael Lipinski and Emil Olszewski to that opinion. Olszewski took the victory, though Lipinski, in my opinion, had the best dunk of the whole competition. Read More »
UNC-Charlotte’s Charlie Coley III turned out The Palace at Auburn Hills in last night’s NCAA dunk contest. I used to call this “The Fred Jones” after Fred tried it in the ’04 NBA contest; then I saw Chandler Parsons try it at the Jordan Brand H.S. All-American contest; and J.R. Smith did it over All-Star break. Now I’m calling it “The Charlie Coley.”