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7 Of The Best Slam Dunks Of All Time

There is nothing better and more exciting in basketball than a great dunk. What we have for you here is a list of the best slam dunks in the history of the game. Keep in mind that these will only be in-game dunks, meaning no slams from dunk contests.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy these monster dunks!

 

  1. Vince Carter Dunks over Frederic Weis

If this particular dunk had happened in the NBA, it would have easily topped our list. Unfortunately for Vince, he did this at the Olympics. In order to accomplish this one, Vince Carter jumps over a French center called Frederic Weis, who happens to be 7’2”. He literally jumps over him. Like, over his head.

 

  1. Darryl Dawkins Breaks Backboard

Darryl Dawkins was a very special kind of guy whose nickname Chocolate Thunder originates from none other than Stevie Wonder. He was famous for his insane dunks and one time, in 1979, he destroyed two backboards in the span of three weeks. We chose the second one because he not only destroys the backboard, but also rips the rim out of it. They changed the construction of backboards because of this dunk.

 

  1. John Starks Exacts Revenge on Bulls

John Starks was not exactly successful against the Bulls in the 90s. Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls regularly beat Starks’ Knicks in the playoffs, but this one time, in 1993, John had his revenge. He storms down the right side of the court and dunks on Horace Grant in a spectacular fashion. Not even Jordan manages to block him this time. Madison Square Garden goes berserk!

 

  1. Shawn Kemp Over Lister

Shawn Kemp was one of the best in-game dunkers of all time. We had to choose one of his dunks and we decided on the most brutal poster dunk – the one on Alton Lister from the 1992 playoffs. The Rain Man tomahawks Lister and then does the famous finger-point which would get him a dozen technical fouls these days. Also, you gotta love the reaction of the crowd.

 

  1. Jordan Spins and Dunks

Michael Jordan regularly led the Bulls over the Knicks in the 1990s and this dunk of his perhaps best summarizes how he used to demolish them. He is doubled and it seems he has nowhere to go up there in the left corner. He then does the most beautiful spin, gets rid of his defenders and leaps. Patrick Ewing tries to block him and fails miserably.

 

  1. Clyde Glides

Clyde Drexler got the nickname Glide while still in college and this dunk against the Lakers is the perfect example of why he got the name. The dunk truly reveals itself as one of the best ever in the replay when the camera films Clyde from the side. It is just unbelievable how he flies. He literally glides in the air.

 

  1. Dr. J Pure Beauty

It is quite simply the best in-game dunk of all time. Dr. J saves the tipped ball mid-court and then races to the basket, with Michael Cooper tailing him (Coop being an All-Defense player, btw). Dr. J never touches the ball with his left hand, rocks the cradle and then slams it home in a way that was never replicated. The crowd erupts. Pure beauty of basketball.

NBA Player Comparison: LeBron James Vs. Michael Jordan

One of the most heatedly debated issues among NBA fans over the last few years has been whether LeBron James is good enough to challenge Michael Jordan for the title of the best NBA player of all time. Some people believe that King James is nowhere near Air Jordan while others think that his performances and numbers warrant a closer inspection.

 

In any case, we have decided to take a closer look into the whole LeBron vs. Michael thing and give our opinion on whether there is even point in comparing them.

 

The Numbers

As always, it is best to start with the quantifiable, i.e. the numbers. The first number we have to look at are the championships up to this point, Jordan leads convincingly, with 6 championships to LeBron’s 2. Jordan was also the league MVP 5 times while LeBron earned that recognition 4 times. Michael earned 14 All-Star Game call-ups and we are sure that LeBron will match that number given time (he already has 9).

There are other numbers that are also important. Like points per game averages, where Jordan leads 30.1 to 27.5. LeBron, on the other hand, has the upper hand when it comes to assists and rebounds per game – 6.9 apg to Jordan’s 5.3 and 7.3 rpg to Jordan’s 6.2. Their field goal and 3-point percentages are almost identical, with Jordan having better free throw percentage – 83.5% to LeBron’s 74.7%.

 

Style of Play

Now that we have covered the numbers, we need to look at the two very different styles of play that these players display(ed). On the one hand, you had Jordan who was noticeably less strong than LeBron and who only played shooting guard and (rarely) small forward positions. On the other hand, LeBron often had to play 4 or even all 5 positions, from point guard to center. His superhuman-like physique and athleticism allowed him to do this.

There can be no doubt that Jordan was the more elegant and savvy player of the pair, exhibiting perfect balance and rhythm he employed to get to the basket. LeBron exchanged elegance for power and we have to say that it has worked for him. Both players also display exquisite court vision, although we would have to say that LeBron is more likely to get his teammates involved than Jordan was.

 

Something that these players share is the incredible focus and will to win. Jordan was competitive to a fault and while many people doubt the mental aspect of LeBron’s game and his drive, we believe that he has shown enough to silence the doubters.

 

Different Game

It needs to be pointed out, however, that Jordan and LeBron play(ed) in two very different eras of NBA basketball. During Jordan’s championship years, NBA was a much rougher place where players on defense had much more freedom in guarding their players. It is quite possible that in today’s league, where players on the offense are virtually under a glass bell, Jordan would score 50 or 60 points per game.

Of course, this is all hypothetical, like all comparisons of two players are. Especially when they are as different as LeBron and Jordan are.

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Lebron James most searched NBA player on the Internet

Top five nba players searched in JuneAt this time of the offseason in the NBA, most of the top free agents have already found their new teams. We already know which will the most powerful teams in either conference will be and how the new balances across the league will be. Let’s take a look at the players who were searched the most on the Internet during the month of June.

It comes as no surprise that on the top spot we find LeBron James. June was the month in which the Miami Heat squared off against the San Antonio Spurs and eventually lost the NBA Championship. But it was also the month in which tons of speculation and rumors about LeBron’s Decision 2.0 arose. Millions of fans searched news about LeBron, trying to find a hint about his next destination. Eventually, his decision was announced in July.

Kobe Bryant lies at the second spot. Although the Black Mamba missed the biggest chunk of the 2013 – 2014 season he still had an influence in the course of the Los Angeles Lakers and their decisions for the future. Kobe was active during the Lakers’ free agency moves, which however didn’t end up with a superstar signing.

Kevin Durant came up third in the list, followed by Tim Duncan. The two of them squared off against each other during the , where Duncan and the Spurs prevailed.

It’s notable that at the fifth spot we find Michael Jordan. Of course, His Airness is no longer playing the game but as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets (formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats), he still has a significant role in the league. Jordan always draws attention from the fans and the media and the recent changes in Charlotte together with the second playoff berth in franchise history increased the interest from the entire NBA world.


Carmelo Anthony lies on the sixth spot. Melo was the second best free agent this summer, behind LeBron. Although he tested free agency, he ended up re-signing with the New York Knicks. Of course, until mid-June, when the NBA Finals were still under way, Anthony’s name wasn’t that much searched on the Internet.

Dwyane Wade and Tony Parker occupy spots seven and eight in the most searched basketball athletes of the month of June. Again, this was widely expected, since the Heat and the Spurs made it all the way till the NBA Finals.

It’s notable that Lamar Odom entered the top 10 and ranked ninth in the list of Google’s most searched basketball players for June. Odom continues to draw much attention from fans and media across the globe. His marriage with Khloe Kardashian, his off-court issues and his bunch of unsuccessful efforts to return to NBA action are good enough reasons for the attention levels to remain high. Odom reportedly had discussions with some teams around the league about a possibility of a return to the NBA.

Kevin Love finished at No.10. In fact, the megastar forward is now drawing even more attention, as he is the next superstar who will most probably switch teams. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been exploring trade scenarios for a few months now. Now that LeBron and Melo all off the board, Love is the center of trade discussions in the NBA.

“It must be the shoes” because although Michael Jordan retired from the NBA in 2003 he still leads Lebron, Kobe, Durant and Duncan in being searches since 2004.

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Top Five Retro Basketball Games

Arguably one of the greatest NBA game of all time occurred during the 1976 showdown in the final match of the NBA championship between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. The first overtime ended with Paul Silas (Celtics) attempting to signal an unauthorized timeout subsequently ignored by referee Richie Powers ending the period tied. At the end of the second overtime, the Suns scored to take a one-point lead with only four seconds to the buzzer. John Havlicek sprinted down the floor and sunk a fifteen-foot jumper to put the Celtics up by one, bringing hundreds of fans to the floor in celebration; the game, however, was not yet over. With one second restored to the clock, Paul Westphal (Phoenix) requested an ineligible timeout resulting in a technical foul. The Celtics scored, moving to a two-point lead, but the Suns with ball at half-court scored on a Gar Heard jumper to tie. The stunned Garden crowd went silent. Glenn McDonald, Celtic reserve, scored six points in the final period to bring home a 128-126 win for Boston.

One game previous to this Celtic win was a dynasty defeat in 1958 NBA championship final competition which ended a decade long run by the infamous Boston club. The St. Louis Hawks, whose 6’9” power forward Bob Petit, scored 50 points, 19 of which were in the final team 21 as they steam-rolled over Boston with a last minute tip-in leaving fifteen seconds on the clock in a 110-109 Cinderella win.

A game just four years later marked the astonishing feat by Bill Russell in the final contest of the 1962 NBA championship season whose 30 points and 40 rebounds led the Boston Celtics to a 110-107 defeat over the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime.

The 1980 6th game of the NBA finals comes on the heels of this competition with rookie Magic Johnson suiting for injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At halftime, the Lakers and the 76ers were tied at 60-60. The Lakers came out explosive in the third quarter firing fourteen unanswered points and stunning the Spectrum crowd as Johnson commanded the boards with 42 points. He was, however, overshadowed by Jamaal Wilkes who scored 25 of his 37 in the second half.

An awesome spectacle by Michael Jordan occurred in the 1986 NBA first round playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics in which the Bulls fell to the Celtics 135-131. Jordan, in a his one-man show at Boston Gardens, made it into the annals of NBA history with an awesome display which included fade-away jumpers and signature flying dunks to drop 63 points for the Bulls effort that included 19 of 21 free throws and 22 of 41 field shots.

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Kobe is Possibly the next Michael Jordan

Regardless of whether Michael Jordan is the best player of all time, you have to argue that his career was a benchmark for many of today’s players. And now that Kobe Bryant is considered, arguably, the best player in the league, the question has to be asked: do his achievements exceed what Jordan did? Well, in at least four instances they do:

5. More All Star MVP Awards
While Jordan was always a sight to behold at an All Star Game, Bryant has passed him in terms of All Star MVP Awards. Michael won three All Star MVP Awards in his career (1988, 1996, 1998), while Bryant currently has won four (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)

4. More points in one game
For all of his big single games (five games with over 60 points), Jordan never had a night like Kobe had on January 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors. With 81 points, Kobe had the second most points all time, only behind Wilt Chamberlin’s legendary 100 point game.

3. More All NBA Selections
In his fourteen seasons, Bryant has been selected to an All NBA Team more times then Jordan has in his entire career. Jordan was selected to a team 11 times (10 time First Team, one time Second Team), while Bryant has been selected 12 times (eight time First Team, two time Second Team, two time Third Team).

2. Most points scored at Madison Square Garden
It may not seem like a big deal, but a lot is made about having a big game under the bright lights of MSG. Michael Jordan has had a number of extremely memorable games in New York. Who can forget the one where he lit up the Knicks while having the flu? It may surprise you, though, to learn that Kobe holds the records for the most points in a single game at MSG. In a February 2009 game, Bryant put in 61 in a Lakers victory. Jordan was never able to do that.

1. More NBA finals appearances
All right, at this point in his career Jordan had won more championships than Bryant has (though he can tie Michael’s mark this season), but Bryant has seven appearances to Jordan’s six, with Bryant winning five and losing two. And before you bring up the Shaq thing, it’s not like Jordan had nobody’s around him in Chicago when he won his six.