|Posted on February 20, 2010 at 8:50 PM|
When you have a competition based solely on subjective judging, there will always be controversy. In the dunk contest, there’s a panel of five judges who each score a dunk from 6 to 10. This makes a 50 the highest possible score for a dunk. DeMar DeRozan was awarded a 50 this year on a dunk that was way less than spectacular. That got me thinking: ‘What makes a 50?’
I think a 50 dunk must have creativity, elevation, style, and of course, difficulty. DeRozan’s off the side of the backboard windmill, had some of each, but it wasn’t a “perfect” dunk, as 50 should be.
When you simply apply logic, if two dunks get the same score, one can’t be better than the other. Therefore, all dunks given a 50 are tied for the best-dunk-of-all-time. But, DeRozan’s dunk was clearly not as good as Vince Carter’s 360, Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk, or Jason Richardson’s off the backboard between-the-legs which also got 50’s and are some of the best-dunks-of-all-time.
DeRozan’s dunk should have been at most a 46. It is time that the judges think about how good the dunk is compared to other past dunks before they score it. The NBA used to use a decimal point system to grade dunks, and I think it would be a good idea to bring that system back so that judges can differentiate between a good dunk and a very good dunk.
Of the 46 dunks that have received 50’s, here’s my list of nine that actually deserved the score:
- Michael Jordan’s leaning windmill
- Michael Jordan’s original air walk from the free throw line
- Vince Carter’s 360 windmill
- Vince Carter’s bounce-pass between-the-legs
- Jason Richardson’s bounce-pass between-the-legs
- Jason Richardson’s off the backboard between-the-legs
- Nate Robinson’s dunk over Spub Webb
- Andre Iguodala’s off the back of the backboard reverse
- Dwight Howard’s Superman dunk
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