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Dunks of the Decade

Submitted by on February 13, 2010 – 2:56 pm4 Comments

If you ask any NBA basketball fan what he or she will be doing this weekend, chances are they’re going to be somewhere nestled between their V-Day sweetheart and a TNT-tuned television for the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend. That said, you can bet your bottom dollar that EVERYONE will be watching the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest to cap off All-Star Saturday night. But wait, it’s 2010! For basketball nerds, that means another decade of slam dunk lore is down in the history books, and another decade of debate is upon us. Before we get to All-Star Saturday Night and see Gerald Wallace, Nate Robinson, Shannon Brown and the winner of the dunk-off between DeMar DeRozan & Eric Gordon duke it out for this year’s crown, let’s take a look at the top 5 dunk contest dunks of the decade (say that 5 times fast)…

Gerald Green over Nate Robinson (2007)

This dunk was dope for so many reasons. First of all, Gerald Green broke out the old-school #7 Dee Brown jersey and pumped up his Reebok Pumps, which brought the showmanship in. Second, instead of using a cutout he used a real Nate Robinson to dunk over. Third of all, he covered his eyes while he was in the air, which could have resulted catastrophically for both players. We haven’t seen Gerald Green since the year after, so having this dunk as a calling card isn’t that bad is it?

Andre Iguodala’s behind-the-backboard reverse alley-oop (2006)

Iguodala was robbed by the recipient of the last dunk, and this is probably the dunk that should have won the contest. I’m still trying to figure out how Iggy didn’t hit his head on the backboard, and will probably never know. Regardless this dunk was replayed about 50 times when I first saw it. The dunk was even more classic because it was the last time we would see Allen Iverson at the All-Star Game in a 76ers uniform. Two AI’s and a reverse off the backboard is a formula for slam dunk lore.

Josh Smith’s Dominique Wilkins impression (2005)

By all means, this wasn’t even that serious of a dunk. But, in all honesty, few people can say that they were expecting that performance, which is why this dunk made the list. Josh Smith brought the dunk contest back to relevance with this dunk, and at the same time gave younger viewers a history lesson. The Dominique Wilkins jersey became iconic after his duel with Jordan, and J-Smoove went down into slam dunk history after throwing this leaning windmill down in 2005.

Jason Richardson’s reverse, under-the-leg alley-oop (2003)

This dunk is spectacular, to say the least. Jason Richardson in 2003 made me debate whether or not gravity was even a law, much less if a human is physically possible to break that law. I still don’t know if the dunk can even be done by another human being. Jason Richardson’s career-defining moment clearly had to make this list.

Vince Carter between the legs alley-oop (2000)

Was it really a surprise that this would end up on the list? I hope not. Vince Carter is my favorite dunker of all time, and probably has the best Dunk Contest resume this side of Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins. After seeing this dunk, it was debatable as to whether this was the greatest dunk of all time. Only a few moments could make their way into that conversation, and this is one of them. Kudos, Vince.

There you have it, kids: the top 5 dunks of the decade. If you think there’s one missing, make sure you drop a comment and let us know what we missed!

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