The 10 Greatest Dunkers in Miami Heat History

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1. LeBron James

LeBron James dunking on Kings

Even though he broke the hearts of many die hard Heat fans this summer, “King James” tops the list as the greatest dunker of the franchise. Whether it be the numerous steals leading to vicious breakaway dunks or being the high-flying recipient of alley-oop passes, James left an everlasting highlight reel of material for the next generation of Heat Nationers.

Let’s not forget his signature dunk where he cocked the ball back and finished with a thunderous tomahawk throwdown, at times leaving his head nearly equal height with the rim. LBJ is one of the few to ever have all the physical gifts (jumping ability, explosion, power, style) to incorporate jams usually only seen in video games. I think Jason Terry can attest to that. Sorry “Jet.”

Honorable Mentions

This list includes former dunk champions, dunk contestants or high flyers who joined the Heat on the downside of their careers or did not play enough during their short stints in Miami.

Cedric Ceballos – 1992 Slam Dunk Champion. Played with the Heat from 2000-01.

Brent Barry – 1996 Slam Dunk Champion. Played with the Heat in 1998.

Shaquille O’Neal – Possibly the most intimidating dunker of all-time. Played with the Heat from 2004-2008.

Jamario Moon – Slam Dunk Contest participant in 2008. Played very briefly with the Heat in 2009.

Shannon Brown – Slam Dunk Contest participant in 2010. Played briefly with the Heat this season.
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Sauping R. Arguello is a freelance writer and NBA contributor at He has over twenty years of NBA expertise and is a Miami native who grew up alongside the Heat franchise since the days of the historic Miami Arena. If it's statistics, player comparisons or discussing which era was the most dominant, he's the guy to call. You can still catch him draining threes and analyzing games at a local park with fans...if his knees persist.