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LITTLE BIG MAN15) During last year’s dunk contest, 5-8 champion Nate Robinson used Spud Webb as a prop to leap over. Treasure the memories Nate, it’s about as close as you’ll ever get in dethroning Webb as the best little-big man dunker of all time.(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

During last year’s dunk contest, 5-8 champion Nate Robinson used Spud Webb as a prop to leap over.

BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET?14) Darryl Dawkins often boasted of being from another planet (“Lovetron”) during his NBA career. And if you ever witnessed the power of the man credited with patenting the “gorilla dunk” you might understand why. During the 1979 season, Dawkins smashed two backboards on dunk shots within a month.(AP Photo)

During the 1979 season, Darryl Dawkins smashed two backboards on dunk shots within a month.

T-MAC CAN ATTACK<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
13) Perhaps it’s in the genes when it comes to Tracy McGrady. He’s a distant cousin of fellow dunking legend Vince Carter. Aided by a fluid, God-given 6-8 frame, McGrady combines polish and imagination in a mixture that has easily transform him into one of basketball’s immortals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Tracy McGrady. He’s a distant cousin of fellow dunking legend Vince Carter. Aided by a fluid, God-given 6-8 frame.

THE HAWK STILL SALES<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
12) To this day, there are those who still argue that one-time New York City playground legend Connie Hawkins never got his due. All those gliding, swoops to the hoop MJ, Vince and LeBron have perfected? Connie Hawkins was pulling them off some two decades prior.(AP Photo/RBK)

To this day, there are those who still argue that one-time New York City playground legend Connie Hawkins never got his due. All those gliding, swoops to the hoop MJ, Vince and LeBron have perfected? Connie Hawkins was pulling them off some two decades prior.

CLYDE THE GLIDE11) Since his days as the Phi Slamma Jamma alpha dog at the University of Houston, Clyde Drexler prided himself on being able to fly with the best of them. And his soaring, swooping jaunts to the basket assured that he never, ever disappointed himself. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

Clyde Drexler prided himself on being able to fly with the best of them. And his soaring, swooping jaunts to the basket assured that he never, ever disappointed himself.

SUPERMAN THE SEQUEL<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
10) It’s rare when a man the size of  Dwight Howard actually has the hops to complement their height. But Howard’s ‘Superman’ rendition in the 2009-dunk contest proved him more than worthy.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Dwight Howard actually has the hops to complement his height. But Howard’s ‘Superman’ rendition in the 2009-dunk contest proved him more than worthy.

J-RICH CASHES IN<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
9) As the only back-to-back slam dunk winner besides Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson has paid the cost to be the boss—not to mention rate on anyone and everyone’s all-time best dunkers list.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

As the only back-to-back slam dunk winner besides Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson has paid the cost to be the boss.

THE RISE OF KING JAMES<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
5) Outside of MJ, LeBron James may be the best in-game dunker in NBA history. But will he ever rise any higher on anyone’s list without giving the people what they now crave in the form of a rites of passage NBA dunk contest appearance?(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Outside of MJ, LeBron James may be the best in-game dunker in NBA history.

DOC’S WHAT’S UP<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
4) The name of Julius Erving is arguably more synonymous with the slam dunk than any other in the game’s history. If only we’d gotten to witness all Doc’s house calls sooner on the NBA stage, he would rate even higher on our list. (AP Photo)

Julius Erving is arguably more synonymous with the slam dunk than any other in the game’s history.

DOMINIQUE’S DOMINANCE<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
3) Has there ever been a quicker, more explosive leaper than ‘The Human Highlight Film” humbly known as Dominique Wilkins?” And given all Nique’s razzle-dazzle exploits, has there ever been a more aptly nicknamed baller? The two-time dunk champ shocked and amazed us as few others have over the course of his Hall of Fame career, easily marking his territory at the head of most all G.O.A.T dunking lists.(AP Photo)

Has there ever been a quicker, more explosive leaper than ‘The Human Highlight Film” humbly known as Dominique Wilkins?” The two-time dunk champ shocked and amazed us as few others have over the course of his Hall of Fame career, easily marking his territory at the head of most all G.O.A.T dunking lists.

VC’S ANALYTICS<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
2) Vince Carter’s greatest distinction is he arguably is responsible for both the most riveting jam (think Fredrick Weis) and the most amazing series of them (think 2000 Dunk Contest). During that aforementioned exhibition, VC was truly in a zone, one where windmills, 360’s and free-throw line liftoffs all rated as par for the course. Thing is, that ‘zone’ area is the very place Vince has resided his whole career when it comes to slamming.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Vince Carter’s greatest distinction is he arguably is responsible for both the most riveting jam (think Fredrick Weis) and the most amazing series of them (think 2000 Dunk Contest).

http://youtu.be/vVC3yBHjNvovVC3yBHjNvo

AIR ALWAYS RISING<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
1) No one has ever combined grace, athleticism and explosiveness quite the way Michael Jordan did, which is why he rises to the top of the TheGrio’s all-time dunkers pecking order. When it comes to dunk contests, you can argue that others have been at or near his level, but as it relates to live, in-game-action no one comes close to supplanting “Air Jordan”.(AP Photo/John Swart)

No one has ever combined grace, athleticism and explosiveness quite the way Michael Jordan did, which is why he rises to the top of the TheGrio’s all-time dunkers pecking order. When it comes to dunk contests, you can argue that others have been at or near his level, but as it relates to live, in-game-action no one comes close to supplanting “Air Jordan”.

http://youtu.be/H8M2NgjvicA

MJ WAS SO SWEET WHEN HE DISSED THEM…LOL

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