Hi-Topper Ratings – NBA SuperStar Signature Dunk – Charles Barkley

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:

Sir Charles Barkley – Two handed Power Jam

Difficultly- 10 – The 2-handed Dunk is deceptively difficult. You need an extra few inches in your vertical to compensate for the lack of extension you get going up with just 1 Hand. People forget Sir Charles was not very tall. He may have been listed at 6’6″ but was probably closer to 6’4″. He had to really get up to complete this flush with the power and extension that he did.

Style – 12 – The 2-hander just looks gooooood. And Sir Charles liked to pull the ball all the way back behind his head. Combined with the massive power Barkley generated the rewatchability of this dunk is very high. The one foot take-off he mainly used especially on breakaways just makes this jam a thing of beauty.

Posterization- 13 – Take another look at that black & white photo above. Frame it take it to the Louvre, rip down the Mona Lisa and put that photo in its place.

Overall Score 35 out of 39


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