Hi-Topper Ratings – NBA SuperStar Signature Dunk – Karl Malone

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:

Karl Malone – 1 Hand Behind The Head Stuff

This pose dunk is so synonymous with the Mailman that when a current star does it, the Dunk is referred to as “The Karl Malone”.

Difficulty – 4 – I think a Four is actually quite generous here. I mean there’s really nothing intrinsically hard about this dunk except remembering to put your left hand behind your head. So 4 points for the mental challenge I guess.

Style – 6 – There’s an attempt at style here and I can definitely envision Country Bumpkin Malone thinking “Oh this will look cool” but in reality do you immediately want to watch a reply of this dunk? Eh maybe…

Posterization – 10 – The most that this dunk has going for it is that it’s literally a pose so plenty of opportunity for a great photo. I would imagine every basketball playing kid in Utah between 1987-1999 had this Malone dunk on a poster of some sort.

Overall Score 20 out of 39


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