By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
NBA All-Time Dunkadelic Teams Celebrate the ‘Dunk Phenomenon’ and the 30th Anniversary of the NBA/ABA Merger
Jordans’ Bulls of the early 90′s and, Dr. Js’ Sixers of the 70′s head the Top 10 All-Time list. “Dunkadlic University” All-Time Top 10 College Teams has “Phi Slama Jama” ranked as it’s number 1.
MARYLAND — 1976 was the year that the NBA merged with the ABA (American Basketball Association). It was also the year the “dunk ban” was lifted from college basketball. The NBA All-Time Dunkadelic and, “Dunkadelic University” All-Time Top 10 Teams is a 30 year Anniversary celebration on how the ‘Dunk Phenomenon’ has impacted the game of basketball.
NBA Top 10 All-Time Dunkadelic Teams: 1. 1990-93 Chicago Bulls- “Air Jordan Featuring the Dunka-Bulls” was led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant. Won 3 straight NBA Championships (1991-93). Mike and Scottie posterized opposing teams nightly. Jordan was a 2-time winner of the Slam Dunk contest 1987-88. He’s considered one of 3 ‘Greatest’ dunkers of All-Time. The “Dunka-Bulls” compiled a 185-61 regular season record and, a 45-13 playoff record over 3 seasons.
2. 1976-78 Philadelphia 76ers- “Philly Dunk of Funk” squad was led by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, George McGinnis, World B. Free, and Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins. 1976-77 was the first season that Dr. J played in the NBA. His first 5 professional seasons were played in the ABA. Dr. J is recognized as the man that revolutionized the Slam Dunk. The “Philly Dunk of Funk” compiled a 105-59 regular season record and, 20-9 playoff record over 2 seasons.
3. 1996-98 LA Lakers- “Dunkin’ M-Cee’s” was led by Shaq, Kobe, Eddie Jones, and Robert Horry. The “Dunkin’ M-Cee’s” brought the hip-hop culture to Hollywood. Shaq and Kobe arrived in the Summer of 96′ and became the foundation of the franchise. The Lakers used great athletic ability to create the most explosive highlight dunk team in the league. They compiled a 117-47 regular season record with an 11-11 playoff record over 2 seasons. They would later win 3 straight NBA Championships 2000-03.
4. 1994-96 Orlando Magic- “Shaq & the Dunk Mob” was led by Shaq, Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, and Horace Grant. This team was picked as the future of the NBA. They featured the next ‘Magic to Kareem’ in Shaq and Penny but they would be more explosive to the rim. Grant a former member of the Chicago “Dunka-Bulls” and Anderson was one of the 1989 “Supa Fly Illini” that made a run to the Final Four. The Magic compiled a 117-47 regular season record and, 18-15 playoff record over 2 seasons.
5. 2004-06 Miami Heat- “Highlight City Dunkadelics” was led by Shaq, Dwyane “Flash” Wade, Alonzo Mourning, and Udonis Haslem. 2004-05 was the first season for Shaq in Miami with one of the new Superstars of the NBA in Dwyane Wade. Wade and LeBron James are the 2 future mega-stars of the league. Miami uses the ally-oop like like Utah Jazz uses the Pick-N-Roll. Miami has led the NBA in dunks for 2 consecutive years. The Heat compiled a 111-53 regular season record over the last 2 seasons.
6. 1986-88 Atlanta Hawks- “Nique’s Dunka-Freaks” was led by Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis, Antoine Carr, and Spud Webb. Dominique is a 2-time winner of the Slam Dunk contest 1985 and 90′. Spud Webb won the dunk contest in 1986 becoming the shortest player ever at 5’7 to win. Dominique is considered one of the 5 ‘Greatest’ dunkers of All-Time. “Nique’s Dunka-Freaks” made powerful rim rockin’ dunks an every game ritual. The Hawks compiled a 107-57 regular season and, 10-11 playoff record over 2 seasons.
7. 1992-94 Phoenix Suns- “Chuck’s Jam Posse” was led by Charles Barkley, “Thunder Dan” Mejerle, Cedric Ceballos, and Richard Dumas. Sir Charles was entering his first season with the Suns after 8 years in Philadelphia. The west coast style of ‘Runnin’ Dunk’ basketball made Phoenix the most exciting team in the league for 2 seasons. Ceballos won the 1992 Slam Dunk contest the year before Sir Charles arrived.”Chuck’s Jam Posse”, compiled a 118-46 regular season record and, 13-11 playoff record over 2 seasons.
8. 1986-88 LA Lakers- “Showtime” was led by James Worthy, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, and Mychael Thompson. Magic Johnson was the man that orchestrated the show. “Showtime” became part of the famous Hollywood scene. James “Big Game” Worthy would throw down his signature “Tomahawk” dunk. Scott and Cooper would get the “Coop-Aloop” pass from Magic. The Lakers defined west coast ‘Runnin’-Dunk’ basketball. The Lakers compiled a 127-37 regular season record, and 28-11 playoff record over 2 seasons. They also won back-to-back NBA titles in 87′and 88.’ 9. 2004-05 Phoenix Suns- “Suns of Dunkz” was led by Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson, and Quentin Richardson. They brought back the ‘Runnin’-Dunk’ style of the 1980′s with the explosive power of Amare, and the slashing acrobatics of Shawn Marion. Steve Nash led the attack with passes that set up his teammates. The “Suns of Dunkz” lost Amare for the 2005-06 season. They compiled a 62-20 regular season record in 2004-05.
10. 1985-86 Houston Rockets- “Twin Towers of Dunk” was led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson, Rodney McCray, and Lewis Lloyd. The frontcourt duo of young rising stars Olajuwon and Sampson guided the 85-86 Rockets and, made them the only western conference team in an 8 year period (1982-89) to keep the Lakers from advancing to the NBA Finals. McCray was a memeber of the “Doctor’s of Dunk” Louisville Cardinals and Olajuwon anchored the Houston Cougars “Phi Slama Jama.” The Rockets compiled a 51-31 regular season record and, 13-7 playoff record during the 1985-86 season.
The Slam Dunk was onced banned from college basketball for 9 years from 1967-76. The 2006-07 college basketball season will mark the 30th Anniversary that the dunk was allowed back into college play. The 10 teams selected were rated as the best slam dunking teams over the last 30 years.
“Dunkadelic University” All-Time Top 10 Teams of College Basketball: 1. 1982-83 Houston Cougars- “Phi Slama Jama” 2. 1989-91 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels- “Bling City Dunkadelics” 3. 1988-89 Illinois Illini- “Supa-Fly Illini” 4. 1996-98 N. Carolina Tar Heels- “Slam-Dunkalina” 5. 1995-97 Kentucky Wildcats- “Rim Rockin’ Cats” 6. 1983-85 Georgetown Hoyas- “DC Dunka-Hoyas” 7. 1982-83 Louisville Cardinals- “Doctor’s of Dunk” 8. 2005-07 Florida Gators- “Gator City Dunk Squad” 9. 1999-00 Michigan St. Spartans- “Flint City Jam Crew” 10. 1991-93 Michigan Wolverines- “Fab 5″ “Phi Slama Jama” was rated as the number 1 team based on the impact they had on the college game. The 1983 National semi-final game against the “Doctor’s of Dunk” is credited as the game that officially put the dunk center stage into college basketball and also the NBA. The NBA introduced the Slam Dunk contest at the 1984 NBA All-Star weekend. Larry Nance defeated Dr. J in the final round to win. Dr. J won the first ever professional Slam Dunk contest in 1976 at the ABA All-Star game defeating David “Sky Walker” Thompson.
“Big-time basketball is more than a Slam Dunk, it’s Dunkadelic” The ACC, Big 10, SEC, Big East, Big 12, Pac 10, High School Phenom, and Combo-Conference All-Time Dunkadelic Teams will be announced Wednesday May 10, 2006.
The 2nd Annual 2006 All-Dunkadelic Team and the 1st Annual 2006 College All-Dunkadelic Team will be announced Thursday June 29, 2006 after the NBA Draft.
The “Dunkadelic Era” 1984-Present, the “Basketball and Hip-Hop” culture fusion in America.