By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on August 11, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft had been looked forward to for around two years, especially after the disappointing 2013 rookie class. There’s no doubt that this year’s draft is laden with impact players and a ridiculous amount of talent. For many of the prospects, dunking and dunking well is one of those talents. These 10 guys stand above the rest in that respect.
Randle is the only guy on this list you couldn’t really imagine in the dunk contest, but don’t let that make you think he can’t jam. If your forte is power two-handers and surprising explosiveness on the block, Randle is a guy for you to enjoy watching.
Though Smart may be a smaller guard that doesn’t appear to be a dunker, the man can rise up in a big way. I’m not sure what he’d have in his dunk contest arsenal, but he’ll have moments in-game this season that make you say “wow.”
The Michigan product kind of faded from the spotlight a bit after a year without Trey Burke, but don’t sleep on his ability to rise up. Robinson III is a leaper who knows what to do with the ball when he gets up.
If you need any evidence about how well James Young can put the basketball through the cylinder with authority, go and find his putback jam from the 2014 National Championship game and if you’re not impressed, you might not like basketball.
Payne is another player that may not look like a dunker, but he certainly has the ability. Payne is surprisingly athletic for a guy of his size and build, as evidenced by his impressive showing in the college slam dunk contest. He’ll surprise you with what he can do above the rim.
Before you write off Brown as just another second-rounder, know that this guy’s athleticism is incredible and one of the main reasons why he’s going to be in the league. Just wait until he has the chance to do something with a lob or on a fast break; he won’t let you down.
Antetokounmpo’s length and wiry frame make everything he does above the rim look awesome. Take a gander at the NBA D-League Dunk Contest from last year and tell me you don’t want to see the older brother of Giannis do that type of stuff some more.
With his size and length, Gordon probably shouldn’t be allowed to be as athletic as he is. Since that’s the way genetics and work have blessed him, though, he’s a shoe-in for the top-three on this list.
He might not have a permanent NBA home at the moment, but he’s going to be effective in a number of ways somewhere this season. Wiggins’ athleticism is sneaky and awesome. There are many reasons why he’s such a touted prospect and his dunking ability is a fair part of that.
I want you to go find a kindergartner. Measure him up against a wall and make a pencil mark. Look at how high it is. Zach LaVine can more than likely jump higher than that on a vertical leap. Is it too early to already crown him the 2015 Dunk Contest champ?
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