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Rank ‘Em: Vince Carter’s Best Dunks

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Vince Carter is the best dunker in NBA history. There are many other solid options if you’d like to disagree, but you will be wrong so let’s skip the pointless debate and move forward with Half Man, Half Amazing as the GOAT. LeBron James even agrees.

Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s celebrate Carter’s 22-year career in the NBA on the day Air Canada announced his retirement by re-watching some of his best works of art. So scroll through all of the Vinsanity I’ve provided for you below and then at the very bottom you’ll be asked to rank them all. It’s a difficult task, but fun to look back at a legend as he says goodbye.

Thank you for your participation and thank you to Vince Carter for dunking in people’s faces and on their foreheads for over two decades.

Now, the nominees. We’ll start with the Dunk of Death, widely regarded as the best in-game dunk ever.


“Dunk of Death” over 7’2 Frederic Weis in the 2000 Sydney Olympics:


The time he posterized Alonzo Mourning:


When he got Dikembe Mutombo:


The one-handed alley-oop finish:


Reverse alley-oop from Jason Kidd:


All five dunks from the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest:

Reserve 360 windmill

— Windmill from behind the basket

— Between the legs off the bounce alley-oop from Tracy McGrady

— Arm in the rim

— Two hands from inside the free throw line

Now put them in order:

(A fancy ranker box should pop up here.)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Rank ‘Em: Vince Carter’s Best Dunks

  1. serdi
    8:39 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    It is good that he was good at something because he has a bogus degree worth nothing

    • terwilliger
      8:48 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      I’m no UNC fan, and I find their blatant cheating and the way they weaseled out of it deplorable, dishonorable, and repulsive.

      Having said all that, half the degrees that are awarded anymore (to kids who actually went to class, did the work, and legitimately graduated) are worth jack squat in the real world.

  2. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:51 am June 26, 2020 Permalink


  3. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:51 am June 26, 2020 Permalink


  4. IrishCat
    7:28 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Whatever trolls… if you can’t appreciate Vince Carter’s career, and especially these dunks, you’re not much of a fan of the game. This could be a list of 40 and they would all be great. My favorite is the dunk on Zo..

  5. CatManDo
    8:01 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    No problem with ranking Vince #1 but Dominique was my favorite – he dunked with authority on dudes.
    Dr. J is an underrated in-game dunker – check out some of his highlights.

  6. bigbluebg
    8:09 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    My favorite is the reverse alley-oop from Kidd.

    Commentator is like, “I don’t even know what I was talking about, AND I DON’T CARE!”

    • IrishCat
      10:36 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      That’s probably my second on this list! I remember a breakaway windmill from the Toronto days that deserves some love too.

  7. Johnny C
    1:22 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Just awesome!!!