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5 best dunkers of all time

Ranking of the top 5 best of all time

Top 5 / Top 10 24 Oct 2017, 17:58 IST

Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins (Image courtesy:
Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins (Image courtesy:

The slam dunk is the highest percentage basketball shot. Moreover, it is a crowd-pleaser. Thus, the maneuver is often extracted from the basketball game and displayed in slam dunk contests such as the NBA Slam Dunk Contest held during the annual NBA All-Star Weekend.

While most NBA players can perform the dunk, there are some who added more to it to make it an art. Here are the 5 best dunkers of all time: 

#5 Shawn Kemp

Shawn Kemp Sonics
Shawn Kemp Sonics

Before LeBron James, there was Shawn Kemp with his athletic, powerful, and unthinkably dominant dunks, that left defenders sprawling to the floor in search of their pride and dignity. The tandem of Kemp and Gary Payton reinvented the alley-oop dunk, they had no regard for mankind.

He relied on his athleticism to outrun and outjump his competition for show-stopping dunks, blocks, and easy put-backs.

While he never won a Slam Dunk Contest, the Reign Man participated for four years and missed a fifth due to injury, finishing in second place to Dee Brown in 1991. He was unstoppable with his eye on the rim. Alton Lister became famous after being stripped of his pride by Kemp.

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