Throwdown Thursday: The Better In-Game Dunker: Shawn Kemp or Dominique Wilkins?
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It’s not an easy debate. Shawn Kemp has some of the best highlight dunks of the 90’s and Dominique has some of the best from the 80’s. Both dunked with such power that people were scared to even challenge them. Both were more known for their supreme athleticism rather than their overall games. Although Dominique has a couple of Dunk Contest wins and Shawn lost in his attempts, dunking in games is a whole another story. Both brought explosiveness, power, and athleticism to in-game dunks that other NBA players couldn’t bring.
Shawn Kemp aka “The Reign Man” was Blake Griffin before Blake Griffin. Before being known for how many kids he has, he was that dude dunking everything. It didn’t matter where he was on the court, you were expecting him to get to the rim and jam. He was always looking to dunk on anyone; it really didn’t matter who was in front of him. And for his size, he was able to do some freakishly acrobatic moves you only see guards nowadays doing. His best known dunk is probably, “The Lister Blister” where he dunks on Alton Lister and then infamously points at him as Lister’s laying on the ground. Here’s that dunk plus a few other Reign Man dunks.
Dominique Wilkins was the prototype athlete for dunking standing at 6’7, 200lbs with a 40 inch vert. He was one of the most explosive dunkers the NBA has ever seen. Even though he was best known for his windmill, Dominique had an array of in-game dunks from tip-jams to double pumps. Nique was a perfect combination of power and quickness that it made it tough for anyone to stop him from throwing down. There’s a reason for his nickname, “The Human Highlight Film,” and here’s proof to that nickname.
So based on in-game dunks only, what do you think? Who was the better in-game dunker: Kemp or Nique? Let us know what you think.