Remembering Stromile Swift – One Of The Most Vicious NBA Dunkers Ever
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When Shaq was asked to pick his favorite for the 2001 NBA dunk contest, he picked Stromile Swift. He probably picked the Grizzlies No. 2 Draft pick in 2000 because the high-flyer went to LSU but I picked him because I really thought “The Stro-Show” could win it. We were wrong. He came in third place behind DeShawn Stevenson and Dunk God Desmond Mason.
I was also wrong in 2000 about Swift’s future. Although he would show flashes of domination and had streaks of 20 & 10 games, those games were usually followed by frustrating single-digit performances. Some blamed the emergence of Pau Gasol and others just believed he was getting by on pure raw freakish athleticism.
Swift would bounce around the league for nine seasons and for most who remember him, all we probably remember is his bounce and bird wings celebration. His bounce wasn’t good enough to win the 2001 dunk contest and didn’t help him enough to average 20 points or 10 boards a game but it was good enough to generate enough dunks to make one nasty Top 20 Dunks compilation mix — ending with a poster dunk over another high draft pick from LSU that disappointed in the NBA dunk contest.
If those 20 highlights weren’t good enough, here’s my favorite dunk (Sorry, Dirk) by Swift followed by 80 more of his best dunks and blocks.
WHERE IS HE NOW?
In 2015, the Commercial Appeal did a “Where Are They Now” on Swift. The 37-year-old now spends his post-basketball playing days being a father to his 5-year-old daughter, running a small trucking company called SS Transports in Shreveport, Louisiana and thinking about how he can help others with his basketball knowledge and experience.
“I’ve been contemplating coaching,” Swift said. “A lot of people have been trying to get me to coach high school. I know I can’t do that full-time. But I still feel like I can help some kids.”