The most exciting & spectacular moment in basketball is definitely the art of dunking, but it is 2 times more exciting when a player dunks so hard till the basketball backboard glass shatters into pieces. These shattered glasses could seriously injure these players, so it is recommended to have basketball health insurance for the entire professional basketball team if any unfortunate accidents happen. Injured players from this backboard breaking incidents could then file a compensation for insurance injury claims from their respective insurance partners.
During the 1979-1980 NBA season, "Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins did 2 powerful dunks which brought down the basketball hoop immediately. Since then, the NBA decided to replace the rim with "Breakaway rim" which has the ability to bend slightly downwards, and snap back to its original state whenever a dunk is performed.
Some famous dunkers who had successfully broken some basketball backboards are Shaquille O'neal, 1988's University of Pittsburgh Jerome Lane, Darvin Ham, and Michael Jordan.
However, it is really tough to successfully break a basketball backboard nowadays, as materials for the rim and glass have been upgraded.
Back in 2009, ESPN tv series "Sport Science" called in Amar'e Stoudemire to dunk the basketball as hard as he could possibly can, till it shattered. Amar'e tried 50 powerful dunks repeatedly, but the backboard rim stayed strong and intact without any damage being done at all.
In the 1940s, dunks weren’t a big part of basketball. Nobody celebrated a slam. Basketball was three decades away from the first dunk contest. But Kurland was the first player to dunk in a basketball game. During the 1940s and '50s, 7-foot center and Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Kurland was dunking regularly during games. Still, by the late 1950s and early '60's players such as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain had incorporated the move into their offensive arsenal. The dunk became a fan-favorite, as offensive players began to aggressively intimidate defenders with the threat of vicious slams. Through the 1970s, the slam dunk was standard fare; David Thompson, Julius Erving, Darryl Dawkins, and others wowed crowds with high-flying moves.
Darryl Dawkins of the Philadelphia 76ers was notorious for two glass-shattering dunks in 1979 resulting in the league threatening to fine him and eventually installing breakaway rims. Twice in his rookie season (1992–93) during games, center Shaquille O'Neal dunked so hard that he broke the hydraulic support of one goal standard (against the Phoenix Suns) and broke the welds holding up another goal standard, causing the basket to break off and fall to the floor (against the New Jersey Nets), although in neither case did the glass break. This resulted in reinforced backboard supports as well. During that same season, New Jersey's Chris Morris shattered a backboard in a game against the Chicago Bulls (the most recent shattered-backboard incident in the NBA to date). The NBA has made shattering the backboard a technical foul, although it will not count towards a player's count of seven that can draw a suspension, or two towards ejection from a game, and it counts towards a player's count of six personal fouls. This has assisted in deterring this action, as it can cost the team points.
In the ABA, Charlie Hentz broke two backboards in the same game on November 6, 1970 resulting in the game being called. In the NCAA, Jerome Lane shattered a backboard while playing for Pitt in a 1988 regular-season game against Providence, and Darvin Ham did the same while playing for Texas Tech in a tournament game against North Carolina in 1996.
This video features some of those unexpected backboard breaking dunks such as two-handed dunks, alley-oop dunks, 360-degree dunks, and many more different variations of slam dunks ranging from low to high degree of difficulty.
Based on a research conducted by the NBA, the 30 Greatest Dunkers in NBA History are shown below:
►(30)Desmond Mason, (29)Andre Iguodala, (28)Darvin Ham, (27)Terence Stansbury, (26)Scottie Pippen, (25)Amar’e Stoudemire, (24)Cedric Ceballos, (23)Tracy McGrady, (22)Isaiah Rider, (21)Clyde Drexler, (20)Harold Miner, (19)Larry Nance, (18)Gerald Green, (17)Kenny Walker, (16)Dwight Howard, (15)Darryl Dawkins, (14)Jason Richardson, (13)David Thompson, (12)Spud Webb, (11)Kobe Bryant, (10)Shawn Kemp, (9)Aaron Gordon, (8)Nate Robinson, (7)LeBron James, (6)Blake Griffin, (5)Michael Jordan, (4)Dominique Wilkins, (3)Julius Erving, (2)Zach LaVine, (1)Vince Carter.
The Best Current NBA Dunkers right now, as of 2018 would probably be Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook, Larry Nance Jr, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and LeBron James.
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