Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 2:38 pm  |  138 responses

Video: NBA Top 100 Dunks 2008-2009

Top 10 lists? Ha!

We’re never satisfied with the official NBA Top 10 Dunk lists (even if they cheat with two different lists). If it’s not the order of the Top 10, it’s gonna be beef about how dunks got overlooked.

That ain’t happening this time, chaps. To all those Top 10 lists out there, we see your 10, and raise you 90. Some will disagree about the order — we know that’s part of the fun of making lists — but with 100 dunks to boot, no cram, not a single Slamadaday, was overlooked. Enjoy all 18 minutes and 25 seconds of flight.–Ed.

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  • http://www.raptors.com mr goode

    time to roll up and get lifted..

  • Bruno

    I was bored workin’ ….
    Thanks Slam

  • Caff

    J.O is on the other end of ALOT of these lol

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    B-Roy @ #6 is my favorite.

  • thomasmmm

    3 things I won’t get tired of watching:
    Kidd assists, the VC windmill and the Jordan jumpshot

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    that Westbrook off the glass just ain’t fair, along with his glide through the lane. That young man is nasty…Which is why I run with the Thunder on 2K9.

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    How is the Jrich 360 alley only number 38?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, the off the glass one was ridiculous too.

  • http://thecolddraft.blogspot.com ML

    Jermaine O’Neal gets posterized about 37 times in these videos.

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  • Thinktank

    I like how the three most common things were
    1.Lebron doing damage
    2.Nene getting his
    …and 3.Jermaine O’neal getting smashed on

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    A special thanks to Jermaine O’Neal for his willingness to be posterized on about 10 of these.

  • Boz

    Just watched the first video, I think a third of the dunks are ON the Warriors. Yaaay small ball.

  • http://www.edthesportsfan.com Ed The Sports Fan

    That’s a great way to burn an hour of time at the job, thank you very much!


  • http://leogau.com Leo

    I could watch dunks all day. Thanks!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @Thinktank: Co-sign about Nene. He and K-Mart make for the most explosive frontcourt in the L.

  • http://twitter.com/valdezign valdezign

    Think you missed Von Wafer’s dunk on the Blazers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lozBPqMGKlY

  • Tyrone Shoelaces

    OK, great list but one HUGE beef, where the **** is that dunk Stro had on Tyrus Thomas early in the year?! That is easily my favorite for dunk of the year. link here:

    c’mon people, this dunk kills every single one of the ones on this list. Except maybe for Iggy on Yao, that was disgusting.

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ AllThatJazz/Amar

    Nice mix of dunks . . . just one jazz highlight though? I guess deron williams dunking on gasol and bynum doesn’t make the top 100. (what is this, fox news?) not to mention, nothing from CJ Miles and Ronnie Brewer — two guys who can flat out dunk. oh yeah, those guys throw down. Brewer had exactly as many dunks as LeBron did, the only other swingman who had more was Iggy. ( http://www.82games.com/0809/FGSORT16.HTM )I guess he didn’t do anything to impress in the 128 jams he had last season.

    But again, nice mix.

  • whooo!

    i’m glad everyone noticed Jermaine O’Neal… when was the last time he actually blocked a dunk!? the nastiest was Tyrus Thomas defecating all over him

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh boy, Wilson Chandler crushing one on Emeka Okafur was SWEET. That boy is going to be an all-star one day.

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ AllThatJazz/Amar

    some of you guys may not be good at math, or whatever, but that’s more dunks than Moon, Marion and Wesbrook put together.

  • Christian BulleN

    no derrick rose on barbosa? at all?! thats at least top 50.

  • ab_40

    sorry I clicked on VC top 100 dunks after watchin this list. and I don’t know if you noticed it but there won’t ever be another guy as gifted athleticly as a young vince carter… this man had EVERYTHING let’s hope he does well in orlando

  • Tom

    are the raptors the most posterized team ever??

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Ohhh, Rose-on-Barbosa must’ve been an oversight. That was an incredible flush. Good call, Christian.

  • luv2ball

    Why is J.Oneal getting punched on so much in these top 100, I’ve seen at least 8.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Tyrone, that was amazing, but the list is from the ’08-09 season only. That was the previous season…

  • luv2ball

    Good to see Grant Hill on some of these. I hate Duke but it’s hard to hate on G.Hill. All you youngins need to google G.hill circa 99-01 when he was with the pistons 25 6 and 6 with a crazy hops. His wife is fine too.

    Side note Im out here in Hawaii and I saw a drunk ass Reggie Miller at the club. He looks like he could still get about 15 in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    If Jermaine O’Neal played for the Warriors, they’d be in everyone of these highlights…for the wrong reasons.

  • Nate

    11 and 6 are the best, 7 shouldnt be in the top 25

  • Joe

    This list needs more Kobe in it. ;)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Finally, a list *without* tons of Kobe in it…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Hilarious! Brad wins.

  • Rich Lyde

    When will Jermaine O’Neal take everyone’s balls off his neck and out of his mouth?

  • MGT

    Watching Anthony Randolph posterize Yao twice will help ease the pain of watching the Warriors on the wrong end of 1/3 of these dunks…

  • Fernando S


  • NJ4Life

    Nice to see Kenyon still doin’ his thing

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    Q:What happens when somebody that has never dunked a ball in a game compiles a “top-dunks” list…?
    A:Jones’ top-5 (at least) dunk of the year ends up at no-30(!!!!) far behind 6-11 guys dunking after taking-off 4 feet away from the rim…( dunks no-14,10,8 and many others…)

  • aaron

    Rudy Fernandez makes the NBA dunk contest, but can’t get one of his many dunks in this top 100!?!? come on!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @kids that propably have never dunked a ball(or play bball)outside playstation(Eboy,Allenp,etc..): off-the glass jams (although more impressive) are actually some of the easiest to perform.Most times you run towards the basket with nobody actually distracting you from achieving full speed-lift AND you don’t have to carry-balance the ball in the meantime….

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’m not going to watch this now, but I will do this tomorrow. Nice!!!! Thanks for posting this.

  • bulletsforever

    i call bullsh*t…where is wade over lewis


    **********SLAM, you missed one***********_____QUENTIN RICHARDSON’S ONE_HANDED_ALLEY-OOP_FROM_BEHIND_THE_BACKBOARD! Q’s elevation on that dunk was RIDICULOUS!!! He even was surprised at himself when he realized how high he got. Plus the catch was just as crazy.

  • http://slam comets

    nuggets represented very well on that list.. jermaine o’neal and yao ming the new mutombo…. Roy’s#3 should been number 1… too many dunks in this list that know one is jumping too

  • Big Kobe Fan

    needs way more kobe and more lakers also they missed the gasol to bryant ally opp. other wise good to watch

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh what a treat. I have no idea how you guys ranked them. There are so many incredible dunks here. Great stuff!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow EVERYBODY needs to stop d-riding LeBron James so much. His dunk shouldn’t even be in the top 25, seriously. He wasn’t dunking on anyone because he slipped through the defenders. It was a great play, but just because its LeBron James doesn’t make it TOP 7 OF THE YEAR.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign valdezign. Even the announcers wanted to say “Oh sh!t!”.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Great story luv2ball.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kostas you aren’t an NBA player shut up.

  • badnewzb8ller

    lol i noticed jermaine o’neal was victimized a lot

  • AiRsMiTh

    This video makes me feel a little ashamed of myself, as I’m a Warrior’s fan and the Warriors account for half of the dunked on category. But that Westbrook one off the glass… NASTY!!!!!! Along with Wilson on Emeka, D-Wade on the Warrior’s frontcourt, KryptoNate’s putback and K-Mart’s one hand putback. Hollins on Varejoa was just hilarious.

  • ti-sizz

    co-sign teddy 9:34!!!! TOO MUCH LBJ! his dunks were alright, but i am 100% sure there coulda been better stuff to replace a lot of them, cuz like he said, lebron juss slips by guys a lot to dunk it. if so, add more d-wade, who slips by guys with Lightning speed AND dunks with more style/grace

  • http://www.milliondollamindz.com/blog MillionDollaMindz

    ^ i agree Jermaine was in the wrong side of the highlight reel

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    I know it’s been said, but did anyone get put on more than Jermaine O’Neal this year?

  • AiRsMiTh

    Emeka Okafor?

  • D12FSU

    you all can seriously make a top 20 Jermaine Oneal posters….dude got dunk on so much!!! my one complaint is, where was Courtney Lee on LBJ???…..ok 2 complaints…what about Dwight on Ratliff???

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Jermaine O’Neal just gets pwned in 8 of those dunks. Poor dude.
    Dahntay Jones, Westbrook and Mike Taylor are my favourite little dude dunkers, shame that MT got waived this morning though.
    Iggy had some sweet dunks though, but I reckon Marion should’ve been ahead of Vince’s dunk in the top 5 section.
    Grant Hill!
    Nene and Birdman and Kmart killed everything. Oh, and no Shaq? His dunk over the Spurs on Christmas was dope?! I noticed no Rose dunk on LB either, that was a shame.
    Boozer on Pau/Odom was cray good too – that was straight power in the playoffs + it was for the tie/lead. And I HATE Boozer (so that’s a lot of props for him).
    Thank goodness Bron didn’t take up 5/10 top slots like in nba.com. That was just terrible.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i still don’t believe how explosive Kenyon is after microfracture surgery on BOTH KNEE’S! Add that to Nene’s own knee problems, JR Smith’s impossible hops and Dahntay Jones impressive dunks off the two leg plant, Birdman grabbing every tipdunk and blocking shots (yeah, yeah, Melo too) and last year’s Nuggs had the best leaper’s on them!! Wow.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    gotta luv how they started off the vids with “let’s get dirty” from Redman. Niiiiice.

  • Vish

    great collection…feels great to watch Grant Hill bangin on defenders again…and AMARE!! hope he is healthy this season…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    my goodness russel westbrook is doing the same thing to dudes he did in college. play wit it.

  • big bad boss

    the grant hill dunk was awesome! and im loving the sound of a punished rim! ha!

  • zabba

    Sick list, was great fun watching it. Now, where’s the top 100 plays of ’08-09 (no dunks included). Or am I being too greedy now? C’mon Slam, it’s the off-season. You guys got nothing better to do than wait for a dwindling number of free agents to get signed.

  • anonymous

    mike taylor has a sweet name

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    and of course compiling a magazine every month zabba….?

  • TC

    Did Lebron just take off from free throw line for a dunk in a game?

  • dutch Rob

    Doesnt Jermaine O Neal realize he cant block dunks anymore? btw i like this top 10 more than the one on nba.com

  • zabba

    Gerard: oh yeah, they publish a mag! forgot about that, lol. but still, i’m sure they can squeeze the time somehow to add the top 100 plays. pwetty pwease, Slam?

  • Will Lee

    how many times did it happen on the warriors?

  • vince

    damn… mike taylor rightfully at #1…can you believe we just cut him? DAMNIT!

  • mumadone

    #26 kenyon martin, it has the best call. Tomahawk follow! DEF JAM!

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  • wenismax

    Why oh why are we missing the two dunks courtney lee had on lebron james in the conference finals? Were those confiscated by Nike too?

  • Krishan

    Kostas: yeah backboard dunks are so easy, you see them every game right? Shut the f*ck up. Since the beginning of your posting here on slamonline, every comment you wrote is Stupid. That’s Stupid, with a capital S. Because your Stupidity reigns so high above all others, it’s distinctly and unmistakably yours. A King among peasants. A Deity among mortal men. 100% of your comments, without fail, has been Stupid. Without fail. I’m not even exaggerating here, every single time your name comes up I swear to god, whatever you contribute is Stupid. That is unfathomable.

  • Krishan

    And I don’t give a sh!t if you’re a flamebait or a troll or whatver, it is still Stupid. And Roy’s was my favorite, and that one where Bron gets bumped by two guys in midair and still dunks it. He shrugged two grown-@ss six-footers and dunked it. F*ckin mutant.

  • Kas

    what’s the name of the second song on the last (25-1) video? Haven’t heard that in years!

  • Maurice

    pryzbilla is gonna be on alot of posters lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    it seems to me when lebron is on this list no one wants to jump with guy. They move like he is parting the red sea or something. play wit it.

  • badnewsb8ller

    wtf wheres my comment i posted yesterday. that aint right!

  • badnewzb8ller

    dang top 100 and J Richardson/Kobe only get 1. TMAC sighting! yea nugs handled this list. Why lebron gets praise as a good dunker still bothers me.

  • frank

    vc’s reverse alley oop buzzer beater in overtime shoulda been top25, at least

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Pops Mensah-Bonsu?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sesa-Opas/738856357 Sesa

    Luke Walton is in it

  • henry

    j o’neal gets sh*tted on more than anyone, ghostface is 2nd most. j-terry is a cheat

  • J.C.

    i think the most astounding thing about this mix is how many times JO is on the wrong end of these dunks.

  • kieran

    does joel pryzbilla live under the rim or has he just got a habit of being smashed on?

  • kev

    the lebron haters are so funny…… and pathetic

  • matt

    no d-dwill putting it off the class for cj miles? tragic

  • Joe

    How’d you leave out Von Wafer’s vicious reverse slam over LaMarcus Aldridge? One of my favorite throw downs of the year…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Delonte West over Marvin Williams in the playoffs

  • Harrell

    next season #1 will be Lebron on kobe

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’ll be checking this out later…Did you hear How Steve Nash flushed it off two feet and then Nike had the tape wiped…?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Greg Oden must h@te Gerald Wallace.

  • Jermain_O’neal_Ouch

    Jermain if you need help in therapy, I know a guy cause being under the receiving end of a facial is not normal…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    grant hill used to do things like that every game.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Tyrone Shoelaces Posted: Jul.31 at 3:39 pm
    OK, great list but one HUGE beef, where the **** is that dunk Stro had on Tyrus Thomas early in the year?! That is easily my favorite for dunk of the year. link here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWBMUxTeBck c’mon people, this dunk kills every single one of the ones on this list. Except maybe for Iggy on Yao, that was disgusting.


  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    so NEITHER of courtney lee’s on bron made top 100? interesting, maybe whomever made the list was wearing brongoggles.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    my bad i didnt see that stros was from last season. and lebrons four step crab dribble then dunk on nobody was really that highly ranked. brongoggles indeed.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @ Tarzan: oh, so now dunking on LeBron means having a breakaway layup and him not blocking it?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Can anybody please tell me what the name of the song is and by who, playing like, from the top 5 I think?

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Jay-Z – Blueprint 2
    - “unlesh the flues on ‘em Guru”

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson


  • http://www.cavs.com MooButter

    Neither of the Courtney Lee dunks were “on” Lebron. He was chasing him down from behind and didn’t quite make the block. I agree Lebrons top 10 dunk was lame. Should be replaced with either one of these… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i9chG68gTg or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAOS2_O-PTo

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  • the Headless Chicken

    sélection musicale exceptionnelle

  • the Headless Chicken

    Teddy the bear: btw, it is not just that. It is:
    Moricone Classic. Without this Blueprint² wouldn’t ever be (as great as it is).

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  • MC Welk

    (Where’s) Ronnie Brewer … clap clap … clap clap clap?

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    J-Rich pulled off some incredible dunks shortly after coming back from a knee injury. Including the near 360 alleyoop above, bloody well blew my mind.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    @ Tarzan – Tyrus…..BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!

  • Rick

    The lakers had a nasty one off the glass too. farmar to ariza i believe. didn’t make the count tho!

  • TSmoove

    The nuggets were well represented here…makes me proud…
    lol I like how Slam didnt recognize Nate’s put back slam in the top 100 just cuz he was 5’9…im serious…i liked it…
    I feel for Jermaine O’Neal…when ur 7ft with blown knees…an used to blocking everythin on the Pacers…time just catches up wit u…
    Wilson Chandler had two great dunks…why do i have a feeling if he leaves the Knicks he’ll blow up?
    Last but not least…Vince Carter…nuff said…

  • riggs

    ayo crash is effin crazy

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, sweet! Thanks Boing and The headless chicken.

  • Justin Kyllo

    Garnett deserved to be on there at least once. Let alone top 40.

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  • Connor

    What about that Sergio to Rudy windmill oop?

  • http://www.slamonline.com 24 Karat Gold

    Tyrus on Jermaine waz ridiculous….it looked like Oneal got knocked out in a heavyweight fight

  • Brian

    This dunk should have been in the countdown. I think Shannon Brown has trampolines in his pocket or something.

  • hoblin22

    does pre season count? cause billy walker on ratliff was def top 20.

  • Ben

    What were the songs used?

  • Dagger

    Lebron got up, dunked it on three Hawks players for a play that nobody in the NBA does, and it didn’t even crack the top seventy. I’m fine with that, but then people have the audacity to say there’s too much Bron in this list? Crazy.

    Props to Slam for this!

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  • D12FSU

    Courtney Lee DID in fact dunk ON Lebron…Lee took flight, lebron jumped a step behind, got right next to him in the air, where he missed the block, and lee dunked through it (or on him, if you will)

  • lazyazn

    where is pops mensa bonsu?


    should be called top 100 dunks(featuring J ONEAL getting smashed on)

  • QasimMalik

    omgg jermaine tsk tsk tskk i thought he was a SHOT BLOCKER lmao

    and i agree with the person who said there will never be another dunker like vince

    watch vince carter top 100 dunks even hes 100th dunk is like a top 10 dunk in this video…

    sick video though SLAM

  • drbearclaw

    hahahaha at Amar’e's dunk on Tim Thomas at 32. Thomas just gave up and looked the other way as Amar’e put his nuts on his neck

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  • b_ryan

    How is “the machine” dunking on the kings not in the top 100 at all?

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  • r0bbie50c

    WOW, i think this list would be short about 20 dunks if it wasn’t for Jermaine O’Neals blown knees

  • Michael

    Igoudala is one hell of a dunker

  • C-Mac

    man if leandro barbosa is the brazillian blur then nene needs to be the brazillian beast

  • raijah

    go celtics go rasheed wallace

  • benny