Very few guards in the NBA have the kind of size or athleticism to consistently pull off in-game dunks. Most guards, if not all, have the responsibility to create scoring opportunities from the perimeter. But with the game evolving, there are plenty of players that play at either the 1 or 2 and consistently look to attack the rim.
That wasn't the case before. Since the dunk stats were recorded in 1996, only one guard has managed to break into the 20 of the all-time dunk leaders list. Meanwhile, only two guards have recorded 1000 career dunks.
The top five guards with the most dunks are all inactive. On that note, let's see who the five guards with the most dunks in the 21st century are.
#5 Jerry Stackhouse - 628 dunks
The 1995 NBA Draft's #3 pick, Jerry Stackhouse, has the fifth-most dunks by a guard in NBA history. Stackhouse played in the NBA for 18 years. He represented eight teams during his playing career. Listed at 6'6" with elite acrobatic qualities, Stackhouse managed to rack up 628 career dunks.
Stackhouse was was quite efficient with his finishing at the rim. He completed 95% of his dunk attempts, missing just 33 of them. He has also participated in several slam dunk contests. Stackhouse ranks 66th on the all-time leaders list for dunks since 1996.
#4 Jason Richardson - 669 dunks
Jason Richardson was drafted 5th overall in the 2001 Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He played 14 years in the league for five different teams. Richardson is one of the few guards renowned for his dunking ability. He was the second player in NBA history after Michael Jordan to win two back-to-back slam dunk contests.
In total, the former Warriors shooting guard had 669 career dunks. Richardson converted 89% of his dunk attempts. He ranks 59th overall in most dunks made by a player since 1996.
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#3 Vince Carter - 941 dunks
Vince Carter was one of the most athletic players to play in the NBA. He was drafted by #5 overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1998 Draft. He played a record 22 seasons in the league, retiring at age 43. Carter also continued to showcase his ability to dunk the ball towards the latter stages of his career.
He recorded 941 dunks, converting 92.3% of his attempts. Carter also won the Slam Dunk championship in 2000. Carter ranks 32nd overall on the all-time leaders list for most dunks by a player in the NBA (since 1996).
#2 Kobe Bryant - 1001
The late great Kobe Bryant was a complete package as a scorer. Drafted #13th overall in 1997 as an 18-year-old, Kobe later took the NBA by storm. He could score on all three levels, which made him one of the most unguardable players in the NBA. Bryant was a terrific dunker of the ball during his younger days and in his prime.
He recorded 1001 dunks in his career. He was among the only two players in the 21st century to record at least 1000 dunks. Bryant converted a staggering 93.4% of his dunk attempts. He ranks 29th overall on the all-time leaders list for most dunks since 1996. Bryant even won the slam dunk contest in his rookie year.
#1 Dwyane Wade - 1098
Dwyane Wade is one of the best shooting guards the NBA has seen in the last 20 years. The Miami Heat legend was a star since his debut season. He impacted the game in several ways, which made him a difficult opponent for many. He recorded 1098 dunks in his career, converting 92.3% of his attempts.
Ranked 20th overall in most career dunks made since 1996, Wade is the only player to rank in the top 20 all-time leaders list for most dunks.