Originally Posted by #number6ix#
I swear Vince carter dunk contest is overrated I watched it again the other day...
He was half through the 360 reverse windmill before he left the floor
His second dunk was the same as the first but from a different angle
His between the leg dunk (his best dunk) had been done before
The dunk where put his arm in the rim is his most creative dunk
Then he did a regular two hand dunk at the end
Javale McGee had some dunks that were better than Vince Carter's
Not to be that guy but one must set their feet away from the basket on any 360 attempt. That's how the twist actually occurs. I say give it a shot in your living room. See where your feet are when you prepare your spin jump.
I agree his second dunk was a bit of a repeat. But to be honest, we were all still so buzzed over the first dunk that no one was bothered with seeing it again from a slightly different angle. It felt more like repeated greatness at the time than it did someone just doing the same dunk twice.
No one had ever thrown down a between-the-legs dunk off the bounce, nor off two feet. And it was spectacularly finished to boot.
I liked the elbow dunk too. Incredible at the time. I still love watching it.
Vince was upset with the final jam. It was supposed to be a two-hand dunk from the free throw line and he admitted he was upset with his steps on that one. Still, it was the cherry on top of a wonderful night. It was the furthest anyone had taken off of while finishing with two hands in a contest (until tonight).
The greatness of Carter's contest lies in the spectacular. Each of his dunks had never been executed before (even including the 14'8'' two hand dunk). Sounds silly now, but the between the legs dunk was so rare at that point that no one really thought it was something a player would be able to convert while having the rock passed to him in mid-flight. And the elbow dunk, as we acknowledged, blew everyone's mind.
The cherry on top? He didn't miss a single dunk. And, as we can all probably attest after tonight, that can make a huge difference.