Some will tell you that the modern NBA is a shooters game, with the dominance of the Warriors in the past few years, where three’s are as common as a layup. There’s a lot of merit to that stance. But while hitting an average of 13.1 three’s per game is guaranteed to give you an upper edge, there is still something spectacular about a big dunk.
The main event at the 2016 NBA all-star game was supposed to be the 3-point contest, with Curry going head-to-head against Warriors teammate Klay Thompson. But when the dunk contest rolled around, it quickly stole the spotlight. Zach Lavine went the distance against Aaron Gordon in a battle that became the most talked about story of the weekend.
Dunks will always have a place in the game, no matter how many threes the Warriors hit.
To honour the dunk, I’ve put together a collection of some old and new NBA and NCAA dunks for the fanatic. Enjoy!
Credit to respective artists.
Credit: Eric Kilby
Dunks will always be relevant. Credit for the first ever NBA dunker goes to Bob Kurland, who revolutionized the game with the “high-percentage shot” back in the 40’s. Players like Spud Webb, Shaq, Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, Vince Carter, and more recently Blake Griffin, Lebron James and Zach Lavine, have all been able to take things a step further and keep the dunk alive. I don’t know if anything will ever take its place.