NBA’s Best Dunks of the DecadeCategory: Basketball
The decade will not end until December 31, 2010 but nevertheless, David Aldridge in his column at nba.com compiled a Best of the Decade list of all things related to NBA.
Aside from the Best Performances of the Decade, one of those mentioned was the Dunk of the Decade. Actually, he has three finalists worth mentioning.
Here they are:
#1 Amar’e Stoudemire over Michael Olowokandi (December 20, 2002)
Pre-microfracture STAT, in his rookie season, rose and flushed over the unlamented Olowokandi, but it’s Steph’s reaction that makes it immortal.
It’s like seeing Dwight Howard soaring to the sky. Now I know what can make Stephon Marbury cry.
#2 Tracy McGrady over Shawn Bradley (April 25, 2005)
I was doing sidelines for Game 2 of this first-rounder between Dallas and Houston, and thinking about my next on-air hit, when McGrady went baseline and eviscerated the 7-foot-6 Bradley.
Poor Shawn. Every superstar in the league has him in their highlight reels.
#3 Baron Davis over Andrei Kirilenko (May 11, 2007)
The Warriors were well on their way to winning Game of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals over Utah when Davis went baseline and flushed on AK-47, one of the game’s best shot blockers. “Once you see a defender or he’s coming in late,” Davis later told Sports Illustrated, “and you got enough room to take off and you know you can land comfortably, that’s what automatically triggers it for me.”
It reminds me of John Stark’s dunk over Horace Grant and Michael Jordan.
Aldridge’s pick as Dunk of the Decade? The McGrady one.
I disagree. I like the Davis one best. Anytime a 6’3″ guy dunks over a 6’9″ guy is tops on my list.
I think Kobe’s dunk over Dwight Howard warrants attention as well.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.