Superman Howard Tops Blake "Dunkadelic" Griffin on NBA Slam-Meter
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic has been nick-named "Superman" ever since he won the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Howard is a power-rim-rattler in the mold of Darryl Dawkins and Shaquille O'Neal. He was the NBA's premiere power dunker at the start of the 2010-11 season before the emergence of Los Angeles Clippers man-child rookie Blake Griffin.
Blake has been on the ESPN highlight-reels on nightly basis and has led the league in powerful and spectacular jams for the entire season.
Dawkins was nick-named "Chocolate Thunder" and Shaq was given the "Superman" moniker first before Howard. Griffin has been dubbed as the "Dunkadelic Highlight-Machine."
Howard may not have the explosive and stylish dunks of Griffin, but the Magic center has led the league in dunks for 3 straight years. He has recently passed Griffin on the NBA's Dunk-O-Meter list for the season.
Dwight is ranked #1 and has 104 dunks compared to Blake's 101 dunks at the midway point of the regular-season. They are the only two players with at least 100 dunks.
LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers is 3rd with 87. DeAndre Jordan Griffin's team-mate on the Clippers is 4th with 84 dunks. Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks rounds out the Top 5 on the Dunk-O-Meter list with 82.
Javale McGee center of the Washington Wizards is 6th on the list 79 dunks. He will be one of the participants in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest against Griffin during All-Star Weekend February 18-20.
Kevin Durant the superstar small forward of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the only non-power forward/center on the Top 10 list (75 dunks).
Serge "Dr. Nasty" Ibaka team-mate of Durant on the Thunder is ranked 13th on the list 55 dunks. Ibaka will also be in the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.
Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers who has been in the Top 10 for most of his career is the first guard on the list and is currently 11th (56 dunks). Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is the second guard on the list and is ranked 16th with 52 dunks.
LeBron James, Wade's Heat team-mate who was in the Top 10 for the past 5-years completes the Top 20 list with 44 jams. President Barack Obama a fan of James is the 44th President of the United States. Chris Bosh the last member of the Miami Heat Dream Team trio was in the Top 15 last year is 55th (26 dunks) on list this season.
Shaquille O'Neal the original "Dunkadelic Beast of the NBA" for this generation is the oldest player in the league. He's 24th on the list 42 dunks. Shaq still has some lift to throw-down powerful monster jams.
NBA Inside Stuff magazine published the Special Collectors Dunkadelic Issue for December/January 2005 with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, and Vince Carter on the cover.
There needs to be a new Dunkadelic Issue 2K11 with Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudemire, and Kevin Durant on the cover. Now that's Dunkadelic!!!