Who comes to mind when debating the top five dunkers in NBA history?
My personal five would be Dominque, MJ, Shawn Kemp, Dr. J, and Vince Carter, with VC probably being the best dunker in that crew. That’s a crazy title to be associated with and I don’t think it has even sunk in considering he is still currently playing in the NBA. If you haven’t seen the UNC alum live, I would highly recommend going to a game before he retires.
I grew up at the perfect time to fully appreciate how special of a dunker VC really was. Watching Vince play alongside his distant cousin Tracy McGrady in Toronto was special and especially scary for opposing teams. The two could combine for 60-70 points on any given night.
The scoring wasn’t even close to the best part about watching these two. They were flashy, cocky, and, most importantly, could jump through the roof of the gym. In the final season that the two stars played together, Vince Carter handily won the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest by performing a 360 windmill, a never-before-seen elbow dunk, and a Jordan-esque foul line dunk. All of that was just scratching the surface of what fans were in store for.
It’s never easy to take a Hall of Famer’s highlight real and cut a top ten list of anything. Michael Jordan’s top 10 shots? Impossible. Tom Brady’s top 10 touchdown throws? Impossible. Derek Jeter’s top 10 plays? Nearly impossible. You catch the drift.
Today, Vince Carter turned 38, which is grandpa status in the National Basketball League. In honor of his birthday, we decided to dedicate a top 10 list to the greatest Vince Carter in-game dunks over the last 25 years. No celebrity games. No warm-up dunks. They have to be in-game, in a game that matters. (Rucker Park counts because those dudes take it way, way too seriously.) Take flight with us here at The Drop. Here we go. This is The Only Vince Carter Dunk Ranking You’ll Ever Need.
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