Andrew wrote:I have to admit that I do kind of enjoy the cheesiness of the Ceballos dunk, but yeah, at the same time it was also pretty dumb. He had much better dunks in that same contest, though.
Lean wrote:Blake's car dunk was... meh. Was that the one with the choir and Kenny Smith are singing "I Believe I Can Fly"?
Andrew wrote:I get the appeal of the sticker dunk, though I disagree with people who thought Howard was robbed on it. He's 6'11", of course he can place a sticker higher up on the backboard. Apart from that, it was a regular dunk with a backboard top. It didn't get a 50, and it shouldn't have received a 50. The tap dunk you mentioned, though? Very underrated, and a good example of innovation, variation on an existing theme, and an impressive display of athleticism and coordination. I think that's the best dunk that Howard ever did in a contest.
Execution and style absolutely matter. When it looks stylish, fluid, and the dunk is clean, it definitely looks impressive. Innovation is important, but a perfectly executed classic - or variation on a classic - probably deserves more credit than it gets these days. Your point about MJ's free throw line dunk is a good one. Dr J had already done it, but MJ added the pump, and also quite significantly, he dribbled. A lot of players who have made the leap from the free throw line (or near enough) haven't dribbled, or start travelling on the last few steps. MJ, and other players who have dribbled the ball before taking off from there, stand apart because of that.
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