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:
Michael Jordan – Rock the Cradle Dunk
Difficultly- 13 – Can we go higher than 13? I guess I could since I make the rules but for the sake of continuity I’ll stick with 13. I’d argue this dunk is more difficult than any other in game dunk ever done. Certainly more difficult than a through the legs dunk which can apparently be done by 13 year olds now. MJ puts so much movement into the Rock the Cradle, from every part of his body, just watch the leg kick, the rotation of his arms and his whole upper body really, it’s nothing short of astonishing.
Style- 13 – The rewatchability of this dunk is truly endless. There is so much going on – takeoff, the leg kicks, the cradle, one hand or two – you notice something new and more amazing with every view.
Posterization- 13 – The amount of different points at which this dunk can be made into a poster is also endless. Every step of this jam is a work of art.
Overall Score 39 out of 39
Michael Jordan Rock the Cradle is the perfect dunk.