I know it’s a bold statement, but Vince Carter’s dunk in the 2000 Olympics (see above) had to be the best of all-time. Think about it.
Before that slam, dunks were argued by how well a player dunked “on” someone. Carter changed the argument to how well a player dunked “over” someone.
Unfortunately, that person happened to be Frederic Weis: a 7-2 center out of France that will forever be immortalized on basketball posters all over the globe.
Since that dunk receives the No. 1 ranking, I decided to make a Top 5 list of the next-best in-game dunks from YouTube videos that didn’t have cursing, were under a minute long and weren’t transferred using a beat-up VCR.
Please enjoy the “Vince Carter’s Greatest Hits.”
5. “Half-Man Half-Amazing” Reverse-Dunks Over Chris Mullin
In 1999, when Carter performed this dunk, video games couldn’t do this. Vince Carter actually caused the NBA Live creators to change their technology.
Now I don’t think that the previous statement is true, but it seems like it could be, which makes Carter’s exploits that much more impressive.
4. “Air Canada” Takes Off Over Dikembe Mutombo
Carter didn’t wag his finger at Dikembe, but no one would’ve questioned him if he did.
3. Carter Makes Alonzo Mourn His Decision to Jump
The worst part of it was that poor Alonzo Mourning had a second helping of an equally ridiculous dunk from Carter during the days of the Heat-Nets rivalry. Click here to see Mourning as a victim on another spectacular slam.
2. Carter Throws Down Over Ben Wallace
Apparently, NBA players don’t get cable. When Carter jumps in the air, anyone who has cable and watches regular sports highlights, knows the result of when he takes flight.
Or maybe they forget. I don’t know, but here’s the result. (Look where he takes off from!) Slow-mo really does this one justice.
1. Carter Goes Dunkin’ Over Duncan
Anything that gets this high in the air should have a stewardess on it.
If I’ve missed any better in-game dunks from “Vinsanity,” feel free to tweet them out to @PhoenixSuns with a link to them.