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The Best Dunkers In NBA History

Updated June 25, 2020 15.7k votes 2.8k voters 79.4k views26 items

List RulesVote up the NBA's best dunkers ever. NBA Slam Dunk Contest Results and in-game dunks are both considered.

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest has given fans amazing battles between the best dunkers in professional basketball and breathtaking performances by some all-time greats. Based on their performances during NBA All-Star weekend, and more importantly, throwing down ferocious dunks in the midst of an NBA game, the following players and athletes have established themselves as the best ever when it comes to slam dunks.

From modern greats like Lebron James and Blake Griffin who have some seriously great dunking games, to past all star NBA dunkers like Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, and Julius Erving, these dudes can all dunk like few others.

Who are the best dunkers in NBA history? Click through the list, and vote up all of the pro basketball players who you think are the best slam dunkers. Then head over and check out the wildest NBA Dunk Contest champions and the best dunks of the 2019 NBA season.

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    The "Reign Man," might be the most ferocious dunker in the history of the league. His high-flying dunks often culminated with a defender on his back while trying to hide his face. Kemp is a rare player whose dunks often brought about creative nicknames, including the "Lister Blister," which left Golden State's Alton Lister searching for his pride on the Key Arena floor.
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    Known as the "Black Mamba," Bryant is the closest thing to Michael Jordan the NBA has ever seen. He does it all on the court, including throwing down some of the most disrespectful in-your-face dunks in the history of the league. As a rookie, Bryant won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with a swagger that set the stage for a historic career.
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    The 6'10" Griffin has been a highlight waiting to happen since his career began. The former number-one pick won two NBA Slam Dunk Contests, and his in-game dunks are the stuff of legend.
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    "Clyde the Glide," was so graceful that he doesn't always get the credit he deserves as a dunker. He almost made it look too easy because of his smooth delivery and grace.
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