Remembering Stromile Swift – One Of The Most Vicious NBA Dunkers Ever
When Shaq was asked to pick his favorite for the 2001 NBA dunk contest, he picked Stromile Swift. He probably picked the Grizzlies #2 draft pick because he went to LSU but I picked him because I really thought “The Stro-Show” could win it. I was wrong. He came in 3rd place behind DeShawn Stevenson and Desmond Mason.
I was also wrong in 2001 about Swift’s future. Although he would continue to 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 but for those who remember him, all we remember is his bounce. It wasn’t good enough to win the 2001 dunk contest and didn’t help him enough to average 20 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 20 wasn’t good enough, here’s 50 more.
WHERE IS HE NOW?
In 2015, The Commercial Appeal did a “Where Are They Now” on Swift and 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.”