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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.