Top 15 Dunkers in NBA History: Is Vinsanity No. 1?

June 26, 2020

If you didn't watch or at least think about the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest after Vince Carter officially announced his retirement on Thursday, you're in the minority.

It was a spectacle never seen before by NBA fans. My only complain is that I wish Carter had saved his first dunk for the very end... it would have been the ultimate finale.

But it wasn't a bad way to start off, either. And the rest of his performance -- all improvised, allegedly, though I can't come to grips with the fact that he hadn't planned the elbow dunk before hand -- was gripping nonetheless.

But a dunk contest performance isn't all you need to be considered the greatest dunker of all time. It plays a big part, sure. Those athletic, creative, borderline-impossible dunks probably bear the majority of the weight in this countdown. But the ability to dunk in-game, whether it's through traffic or on top of a larger defender or at the receiving end of an alley-oop, is also important. And let's not forget about innovation and inspiration, as another factor of this countdown is whether or not that player effectively changed the game of basketball and brought on an era of dunking that we didn't know existed.

These are the three aspects of dunkdom -- I like the sound of that word -- that I'll be thinking of when creating this list. Dunk contest performance (if applicable), in-game jams and how influential that player's dunks were to the game of basketball.

Is Vince number one, as many people on Twitter seemed to proclaim as fact after the 22-year veteran hung 'em up? Or is there someone ahead of him on the Mount Rushmore of high-flying jammers?

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