Before we go completely gaga over Blake Griffin’s thunderous dunk (or throwdown) over Kendrick Perkins, let’s take a step back and avoid being a prisoner of the moment.
Griffin’s aerial assault on Jan. 30 against the Oklahoma City Thunder was spectacular and deserved all the attention it received the past couple of days. But to proclaim it as the best dunk in NBA history, like many were calling it on Twitter, is a complete knee-jerk reaction and a little farfetched. There was a whole lot of hyperbole going around the Web when Griffin posterized Perkins. Even LeBron James, who has seen or done better dunks in the past, got caught up in the moment.
In case you haven’t seen Blake’s dunk, click here.
Was it the best dunk ever? Before you answer that question, slow your roll and check out these 10 dunks. They all may be equal to or better than Griffin’s slam.
10) BARON DAVIS LOWERS THE BOOM ON ANDREI KIRILENKO AND THE JAZZ
9) SHAQUILLE O’NEAL BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE (AND THE BACKBOARD) IN NEW JERSEY
8) DWYANE WADE PUNKS KENDRICK PERKINS AND DOES THE CABBAGE PATCH
7) KEVIN JOHNSON POSTERIZES HAKEEM OLAJUWON IN A 1994 PLAYOFF GAME
6) LEBRON JAMES “WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!” AGAINST THE CELTICS
5) SHAWN KEMP TOMAHAWKS THE WARRIORS IN THE 1992 PLAYOFFS
4) JULIUS “DR. J” ERVING ROCKS THE CRADLE ON MICHAEL COOPER
3) MICHAEL JORDAN SPINS BASELINE AND THROWS IT DOWN ON PATRICK EWING AT THE GARDEN
2) DOMINIQUE WILKINS: THE ORIGINAL HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL
1) VINCE CARTER LEAPS OVER 7-FOOT FREDERIC WEIS IN THE OLYMPICS