NBA Top 10 Dunkers #8: Dwyane Wade
Mozgov is just an impersonator, Varejao is the King.
If there was ever an instance to define the term posterization, this was it.
“Great, probably top 10 all time” was how the dunk was described by Lebron James.
The dunk showcases the physical specimen that is Dwyane Wade. At 6’4”, he is not the tallest shooting guard around, and yet he possesses a wing span of 6’11”, which is freakishly long for a man of his stature. Come to think of it, the dunk is probably not the best in terms of technique, and will not win a lot of prizes for innovation, but where it does shine through is the single mindedness of Wade in driving to the basket, drawing the contact, and then finishing with the requisite attitude to make a statement.
Explosively quick, and armed with instincts to kill for, Wade is an elite athlete who does it all, i.e. dunk, shoot, block, steal, and rebound. Yes, he dunks and how, but not many will know that he is the only starting guard to average a block per game since the time people started recording blocks. Though he has never taken part in the Dunk contest, his pedigree, just like his attitude is top notch.
And yes, he does not like being dunked on.
Yes, he is a two-time NBA champion, and an 8-time All Star, and yes, he is a guy who dunks with finesse. Observe, how in a majority of his dunks, he approaches the basket, calls for a screen, and using a combination of his agility and spin moves, navigates his way through a couple of defenders before finishing with aplomb. Always.
Watch out for his dunk against the Thunder in the finals last year (number 2 in the countdown), it takes a lot of gumption and courage to produce something of the magnitude of that on a stage as big and prestigious as the Finals.
Top 10 dunks
Keep an eye out for the remaining spots in the list of the top 10 dunkers as we countdown to the guy who slams the ball home the best in the NBA.