Hi-Topper Ratings – NBA SuperStar Signature Dunk – Shaquille O’Neil

Every NBA Superstar has their own unique signature dunk. It’s the slam they go to on an open fast break or an undefended flush in the lane. It’s a know it when you see it jam and pretty much every star has one.

Hi-Topper HQ spent hours analyzing the film, breaking down the physics and the angles, the body posture, the grace or lack thereof. This is about beauty, about what looks cool and what doesn’t. We’re talking in-game dunks only here and we’re using our patented Hi-Topper 13 point scale and judging on 3 Categories –

Difficulty – How hard is it to pull off this jam in game?

Style – How smooth is this dunk? Do you immediately want to watch a replay?

Posterization – Would you hang a poster of this dunk on your bedroom wall?

We’ll be looking at SuperStars past and present. Let’s get to it:

Shaq – The Shaq Diesel Two Handed Knees Up Power Flush

Shaq has been doing this dunk since his LSU days, it’s his gosh darn Personal Logo for Pete’s sake. There’s really not much to say about it. Two hands, lots of of power and varying degrees of rim-hang and knee height.

Difficulty- 2 – Unfortunately Shaq gets nailed in this category. For a 7-Foot guy there’s really a zero level of difficulty to complete this jam. He gets 2 points for the level of power he generates. But this is going to really hurt Shaq’s overall score.

Style – 13 – Shaq Diesel picks up all the points here. Most of Shaq’s broken backboards came while he was attempting to go into his signature dunk.

Broken backboards are never not cool.

Posterization – 13 – It’s all about the angle of the camera here but from down low looking up the Shaq Diesel Dunk is a work of art. There’s a reason it’s his Logo and was on 99% of Shaq posters. The Shaq Diesel Dunk pose is a thing of beauty.

Overall Score – 28 out of 39


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