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Top Ten Trophies

Top Ten Trophies

  1. FIFA World Cup Trophy

           The World Cup is a gold trophy that is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory: the Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day. The trophy, originally named Victory, but later renamed in honor of former FIFA president Jules Rimet, was made of gold plated sterling silver and lapis lazuli and depicted Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Brazil won the trophy outright in 1970, prompting the commissioning of a replacement. The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1983 and never recovered. The subsequent trophy, called “FIFA World Cup Trophy,” was introduced in 1974. Made of 18 carat gold with a malachite base, it depicts two human figures holding up the Earth. The current holder of the trophy is Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup.
    Links: Top Ten World Cup Moments, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cup_trophy,
  2. Stanley Cup

           The Stanley Cup is an ice hockey club trophy, awarded annually to the NHL playoffs champion after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. It has been referred to as The Cup, Lord Stanley’s Cup, The Holy Grail, or facetiously (chiefly by sportswriters) as Lord Stanley’s Mug. The Stanley Cup is surrounded by numerous legends and traditions, the oldest of which is the celebratory drinking of champagne out of the cup by the winning team. Unlike the trophies awarded by the other three major professional sports leagues of North America, a new Stanley Cup is not made each year; Cup winners keep it until a new champion is crowned. It is unusual among trophies, in that it has the names of all of the winning players, coaches, management and club staff engraved on its chalice. The original bowl was made of silver and has a dimension of 18.5 centimeters (7.28 inches) in height and 29 centimeters (11.42 inches) in diameter. The current Stanley Cup, topped with a copy of the original bowl, is made of silver and nickel alloy. Today, it has a height of 89.54 centimeters (35.25 inches) and weighs 15.5 kilograms (34.5 lb / 2 st 6½ lb). Originally inscribed the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy was donated in 1892 by then Governor General of Canada the Lord Stanley of Preston, as an award for Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. It was awarded for the first time in 1893 to Montreal HC. In 1915, the two professional ice hockey organizations, the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), reached a gentlemen’s agreement in which their respective champions would face each other for the Stanley Cup. After a series of league mergers and folds, the Cup became the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926. The Cup later became the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947. Since the 1914–15 season, the Cup has been won a combined 94 times by 17 active NHL teams and five defunct teams. Prior to that, the challenge cup was held by nine different teams. The Montreal Canadiens have won the Cup a record 24 times.
    Links: Top Ten Stanley Cup Moments, Top Ten Stanley Cups, Top Ten Stanley Cup Goals, Top Ten Hockey Legends, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_cup,
  3. Larry O’Brien Trophy

           The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy is a trophy awarded to the team that wins the NBA Finals at the conclusion of every NBA season. The current trophy was created in 1977 replacing its predecessor, the Walter A. Brown Trophy. The name of the new trophy design remained the same until the 1984 NBA Finals, when it was renamed in honor of the former NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien, who served from 1975 to 1983. Before joining the NBA, O’Brien was the US Postmaster General under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968.
    Links: Top Ten Basketball Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_O%27Brien_Trophy,
  4. European Champion Clubs’ Cup

           The European Champion Clubs’ Cup, also known as Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens, or simply the European Cup, is a trophy awarded annually by UEFA to the football club that wins the UEFA Champions League. The competition in its older format shared its name with the trophy, being also known as the European Cup, before being renamed for the 1992-93 season onwards. Several different physical trophies have had the name, as a club was entitled to keep the cup after five wins or three consecutive wins, with a new cup having to be forged for the following season.
    Links: Top Ten Soccer Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Champion_Clubs%27_Cup,
  5. Commissioner’s Trophy

           The Commissioner’s Trophy is presented each year by the Commissioner of Baseball to the Major League Baseball team that wins the World Series. Recent trophy designs contain flags representing each team in North America’s top two leagues, the National League and the American League. The two participating teams in that year’s World Series were previously represented by two press pins set on the base of the trophy. It is the only championship trophy of the four major sports in the US that is not named after a particular person (contrasting with the NHL’s Stanley Cup, the NFL’s Vince Lombardi Trophy and the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy).
    Links: Top Ten Baseball Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_Trophy,
  6. Vince Lombardi Trophy

    The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the NFL’s championship game, the Super Bowl.
    Links: Top Ten Legends of Footballhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Lombardi_Trophy,
  7. Premier League Trophy

           The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League. The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 matches each, totaling 380 matches in the season. It was known as the Premiership from 1993 to 2007. It is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League. The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The Premier League has since become the world’s most watched association football league. It is the world’s most lucrative football league in terms of revenue, with combined club revenues of over £2 billion in 2008–09. It is ranked first in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga. Since 1888, a total of 23 clubs have been crowned champions of the English football system. Of the 44 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, four have won the title: Manchester United (12 titles) Arsenal (3), Chelsea (3) and Blackburn Rovers (1). The current champions are Manchester United, who won the title in the 2010–11 season.
    Links: Top Ten Soccer Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premier_League,
  8. AFCA National Championship Trophy
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           The AFCA National Championship Trophy (Coaches’ Trophy) is the trophy awarded by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the winner of college football’s BCS National Championship Game, which determines the national champion for purposes of the Coaches Poll. The trophy has been awarded since 1986 and has been contractually tied to the winner of the BCS National Championship Game since 1998. The trophy consists of a Waterford Crystal football affixed to an ebony base, and carries a value of over $30,000. The winning school retains permanent possession of the trophy, as a new one is awarded every year. The football portion of the trophy weighs approximately 8 pounds and together with the stand, it weights about 45 pounds and stands 34 inches tall. It is handmade by an artist in Ireland and takes nearly 3 months to complete. The trophy has undergone several sponsorship changes over the years, including Gerrits Foundation, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Sears ADT Security Services and Circuit City. Its current name is actually “The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Championship Trophy (or The Coaches’ Trophy),” which was given this permanent name by the association in 2006. In 2009, the AFCA issued the trophy to schools whose teams were voted number one by the Coaches’ Poll in years before the trophy was issued.
    Links: Top Ten Football Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFCA_National_Championship_Trophy,
  9. Heisman Trophy

           The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (usually known colloquially as the Heisman Trophy or the Heisman), is awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football. It was created in 1935 as the Downtown Athletic Club trophy and renamed in 1936 following the death of the Clubs’ athletic director, John Heisman (former Brown University and University of Pennsylvania college football player and Auburn University, Clemson University, and most notably Georgia Tech Athletic Director, football coach and baseball coach). The award is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games. The most recent (2010) winner is Cam Newton of Auburn University. It is the oldest of several overall awards in college football, including the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and the AP Player of the Year. The Heisman and the AP Player of the Year are the only awards to honor the most outstanding player, while the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award recognize the best player.
    Links: Top Ten Heisman Trophy Winners, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heisman_Trophy,
  10. Ryder Cup

           The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf competition between teams from Europe and the US. The competition is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour and is contested every two years, the venue alternating between courses in the US and Europe. The Ryder Cup is also the name of the trophy, after the person who donated it, Samuel Ryder. The Ryder Cup, and its counterpart the Presidents Cup, are unique in the world of golf, and possibly professional sports, as despite being high-profile events which bring in tens of millions of dollars in TV and sponsorship the players receive no prize money and compete purely for the victory. The competition began following an exhibition match in 1926 between a team comprising American professionals against a similar one drawn from the British PGA on the East Course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, UK. The first competition took place in 1927. Early matches between the two sides were fairly even, but after WWII, repeated US dominance led to a decision to extend the representation of the British and Irish team to include continental Europe in 1979. This change was partly prompted by the success of a new generation of Spanish golfers of the time, including Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido, who, in 1979, became the first Spaniards to play in the event. Since then, Team Europe has included players from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Following this change, the event has enjoyed more competitive matches, with Europe winning eight times outright and retaining the Cup once by tying, and with seven American wins over this period. The venues alternate between the US and Europe. With the exception of Spain in 1997 and Ireland in 2006, all European tournaments have been held in the UK. In recent tournaments the European team has held the upper hand, winning six out of the last eight Ryder Cups including four of the last five.
    Links: Top Ten Legendary Golfers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryder_Cup,
  11. Borg-Warner Trophy

           The Borg-Warner Trophy, named for US automotive supplier BorgWarner, is symbolic of victory in the Indianapolis 500 automobile race. It is permanently housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in Speedway, Indiana.
    Links: Top Ten Racing Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg-Warner_Trophy,
  12. Wimbledon Trophies

           The Championships, Wimbledon or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the other three Majors are the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, and the only one still played on the game’s original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday and Sunday. Each year, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and four invitational events. The hard court Australian Open and clay court French Open precede Wimbledon in the calendar year. The hard court US Open follows. For men, the grass court AEGON Championships, also in London, as well as the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, serve as respective warm-up events. For women, the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and 2 joint events, the UNICEF Open in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and the AEGON International Eastbourne serve as warm-up events to Wimbledon. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to prevent rain delaying and interrupting Centre Court matches during the tournament.
    Links: Top Ten Tennis Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Championships,_Wimbledon#Trophies_and_prize_money,
  13. America’s Cup

           The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club who is the current holder of the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club which is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. The trophy was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight which was won by the schooner America. The trophy was renamed the America’s Cup after the boat and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift which made the cup available for perpetual international competition. Any yacht club that meets the requirements specified in the Deed of Gift has the right to challenge the yacht club that holds the Cup. If the challenging yacht club wins the match then the stewardship of the cup is transferred to the challenging yacht club. The Cup not only attracts the world’s top sailors and yacht designers but also the involvement of wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors due to the history and prestige associated with the America’s Cup. It is not only a test of sailing skill, boat and sail design, but also of fund-raising and management skills. The trophy was held by the NYYC from 1857 (when the syndicate that won the Cup donated the trophy to the club) until 1983 when the Cup was won by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II, ending the longest winning streak in the history of sport. From the 3rd defense of the Cup in 1876 through the 20th defense in 1967, there was always only one potential challenger. In 1970, for the first time, there were multiple potential challengers so the NYYC agreed that the challengers run a challenger selection series with the winner becoming the challenger for that year and competing against the defender in the America’s Cup match. From 1983 until 2007, Louis Vuitton sponsored the Louis Vuitton Cup as a prize for the winner of the challenger selection series. From the first defense in 1870 matches were raced between yachts 65–90 ft (20–27 m) on the waterline owned by wealthy sportsmen. This culminated with the J-Class regattas of the 1930s. After WWII and almost 20 years without a challenge, the NYYC made changes to the Deed of Gift to allow smaller and less expensive 12-meter class yachts to compete, and this class was used until it was replaced in 1990 by the International America’s Cup Class. The 2010 America’s Cup was raced in 90 ft (27 m) multihull yachts in a best-of-three race regatta in Valencia, Spain in February 2010. The challenger BMW Oracle Racing beat the defender Alinghi 2-0 and won the Cup for the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The 2013 America’s Cup will be held in San Francisco, California.
    Links: Top Ten Sailing Events, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Cup,
  14. Bonus: Harley J. Earl Trophy
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           The Harley J. Earl Trophy is the trophy presented to the winner of the premier, and season-opening, event of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), the Daytona 500. It is named after influential automobile designer Harley Earl, who served as the second commissioner of NASCAR. Earl has been known as the so-called “father of the Corvette” and designer of the Firebird I prototype that adorns the trophy. The trophy is kept on display at the Daytona International Speedway, while a small replica is given to each Daytona 500 winner.
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  15. Bonus: Cricket World Cup Trophy

           Awarded to the best national Cricket team in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Cricket Legends,
  16. Bonus: MLS Cup

           The MLS Cup is the annual championship match of the highest tier of professional soccer in the US and Canada. The MLS Cup is the final match of the MLS Cup Playoffs, which culminates the regular season itself. The match also determines two of the US’ four qualifiers for the CONCACAF Champions League. The winner of the MLS Cup earns a Group Stage berth, whilst the finalist earns a Preliminary Round berth. In the league’s existence, there have three different types of trophies that are awarded to the cup champions that year. The original trophy was named the Alan I. Rotenberg trophy, which was named in Rotenberg’s honor for his dedication for the growth of soccer in the US. Beginning in 2000, the trophy was redesigned and named in honor of Phillip Anschutz, who was an original investor in the MLS’s early days, owning an array of original league clubs. Today, the trophy is still named in his honor, although a newly designed trophy has been awarded since 2008, which is the present trophy award to MLS Cup champions. Since 2008, the MLS Cup winner has been awarded with a direct-Group Stage spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, North America’s club soccer tournament. The Cup runners-up earn a spot in the Preliminary Round of the Champions League. D.C. United has won the most MLS Cup titles to date, winning four.
    Links: Top Ten Soccer Legendshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLS_Cup,
  17. Bonus: Olympic Gold Medal

           An Olympic medal is awarded to successful competitors at one of the Olympic Games. There are three classes of medal: gold, awarded to the winner; silver, awarded to the runner-up; and bronze, awarded to the third-place competitor. The granting of awards is laid out in detail in the Olympic protocols. Medal designs have varied considerably since the first Olympic Games in 1896, particularly in size and weight. A standard obverse (front) design of the medals for the Summer Olympic Games began in 1928 and remained for many years, until its replacement at the 2004 Games as the result of controversy surrounding the use of the Roman Colosseum rather than a building representing the Games’ Greek roots. The medals of the Winter Olympic Games never had a common design, but regularly feature snowflakes. In addition to generally supporting their Olympic athletes, some countries provide sums of money and gifts to medal winners, depending on the classes and number of medals won.
    Links: Top Ten Olympians, Top 100 Events of the Yearhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_gold_medal,
  18. Bonus: Cannabis Cup

           The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s preeminent Cannabis festival. Founded in 1987 by Steven Hager, the High Times Cannabis Cup takes place each November in Amsterdam. The event allows judges from around the world to sample and vote for their favorite marijuana varieties. These judges-at-large decide the Cannabis Cup (overall winner in the cannabis variety competition), best new product, best booth, best glass, best hash and best Nederhash. A team of VIP judges decide which seed company has grown the best marijuana. The High Times Cannabis Cup also includes live music, comedy and an expo for marijuana-related products from cannabis-oriented businesses. Beginning with the 6th Cup, Hager began fusing counterculture spirituality into the event and using the time 4:20 as an important ceremonial moment. “Most of what I learned about spirituality came from Stephen Gaskin and Ina May Gaskin and from attending National Rainbow Family Gatherings,” says Hager. Marijuana use is decriminalized in most parts of The Netherlands. Much of the marijuana present at the Cup is from the different coffee shops around Amsterdam. Usually the High Times Cannabis Cup features a surprise variety of marijuana that is new to the culture and will be tested by the judges. Many tourists go to Amsterdam specifically to attend the festival. Recently, High Times created the Medical Cannabis Cup – an event that celebrates the medical marijuana movement in America. The first High Times Medical Cannabis Cup took place in San Francisco, California June 19–20, 2010.
    Links: Cannabis, Top Ten Cannabis Strains, Top Ten Stoners, Top Ten Stoner Athletes, Top Ten Stoner MoviesTop Ten Coffee Houses, Top Ten Dutch Coffee Houseshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_cup,
  19. Links: Top Ten Sporting Events of the Year,

Top Ten Dunkers

Top Ten Dunkers

  1. Vince Carter

    Vincent Lamar “Vince” Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks. He is a shooting guard who can also play small forward. A high school McDonald’s All-American, Carter played three years at the University of North Carolina. While there, he twice reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before being selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors. He won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend the following season. That summer, he represented the US in the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks, earning him nicknames such as “Vinsanity,” “Air Canada,” and “Half-Man, Half-Amazing.” He led the Raptors to their first three playoff appearances. In 2004, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, and he helped lead them to three playoff berths. In July 2009, Carter was traded to the Orlando Magic, helping them to advance to the Eastern Conference finals before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in December, 2010. An eight-time NBA All-Star, Carter joined NBA players Julius Erving and Michael Jordan as the only players to lead the NBA All-Star Game fan voting three or more times. Carter scored his 20,000th point in 2011, becoming the 37th player in league history to do so. Off the court, Carter established his Embassy of Hope Foundation, assisting children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Toronto. He was recognized in 2000 as Child Advocate of the Year by the Children’s Home Society, and received the Florida Governor’s Points of Light award in 2007 for his philanthropy in his home state.
    Links: Top Ten Vince Carter Dunks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Carter,
  2. Jason Richardson

    Jason Anthoney “J-Rich” Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. A 6’6″, 225 lb. shooting guard/small forward, Richardson was taken by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft from Michigan State, earning the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP and All-Rookie Team First Team honors his debut season in the league. He is regarded as one of the NBA’s most demonstrative dunkers, winning the NBA Slam Dunk crown in 2002 and 2003, joining Michael Jordan and Nate Robinson as the competition’s only back-to-back champions.
    Links: Top Ten Jason Richardson Dunks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Richardson,
  3. Michael Jordan

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the NBA website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980’s and 1990’s. After a three-season career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness.” He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat.” Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards. Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, having won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.
    Links: Top Ten Michael Jordan Highlightshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_jordan,
  4. Lebron James

    LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984), nicknamed “King James,” is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) small forward, he has been an NBA champion, the NBA Finals MVP, a three-time NBA MVP, and the NBA Rookie of the Year. One of Miami’s co-captains, along with Dwyane Wade, he is an eight-time NBA All-Star and has earned eight All-NBA honors and four All-Defensive honors. He is also the Cleveland Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer. James played high school basketball at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. A three-time “Mr. Basketball of Ohio,” he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected with the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Heat in a highly publicized free agency period. In 2012, he led Miami to their second NBA title in franchise history, winning his first overall. His career achievements and leadership role during the Heats’ 2012 championship run have led a majority of basketball analysts, experts, and writers to consider him the best player in the NBA today. He has also been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, and has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live.
    Links: Top Ten LeBron Jmaes Plays, Top Ten LeBron Jmaes Dunkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebron_james,
  5. Blake Griffin
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    Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin had a renowned high school career at Oklahoma Christian School, winning state titles each of his four years under his father, Tommy Griffin, who was the head coach. He played college basketball for the University of Oklahoma Sooners and was awarded numerous accolades in his second year including the Naismith College Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson Trophy and the John Wooden Award. Griffin left college after two seasons to enter the 2009 NBA Draft where he was selected first overall by the Clippers. In his first season, he broke his left kneecap, which he injured during the final pre-season game, and underwent surgery missing the entire 2009–10 season. He made his NBA debut as a rookie the following season and was selected as an All-Star, won the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2011, Sports Illustrated ranked him as one of the NBA’s 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.
    Links: Top Ten Blake Griffin Dunkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Griffin,
  6. Domique Wilkins

    Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname “The Human Highlight Film.” In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Wilkins,
  7. Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O’Neal’s trade from the Lakers after the 2003–04 season. Following O’Neal’s departure Bryant became the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, setting numerous scoring records in the process. In 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. He was awarded the regular season’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2008. After losing in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the NBA Finals MVP Award on both occasions. As of June 2012, Bryant ranks third and fifth on the league’s all-time post-season scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists, respectively. At 34 years and 104 days of age, he became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Since his second year in the league, Bryant has been selected to start every NBA All-Star Game that has been held in the last fourteen years. He has won the All-Star MVP Award four times (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011), tying him for the most All Star MVP Awards in NBA history. He is a 14-time member of the All-NBA team and an 12-time member of the All-Defensive team; he is also the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the USA national team. In 2009, Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the top NBA player of the 2000s (decade).
    Links: Top Ten Kobe Bryant PlaysTop Ten Kobe Bryant Dunkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_Bryant,
  8. Julius Erving

           
    Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA), and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He is the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. Erving was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Most observers consider him one of history’s most talented players; he is also widely acknowledged one of the game’s best dunkers. While Connie Hawkins, “Jumping” Johnny Green, Elgin Baylor, and Gus Johnson performed spectacular dunks before Erving’s time, “Dr. J” brought the practice into the mainstream. His signature dunk was the “slam” dunk, since incorporated into the vernacular and basic skill set of the game in the same manner as the “cross-over” dribble and the “no look” pass. Before Julius Erving, dunking was a practice usually among big men to show their brutal strength. This was seen by many as style over substance and unsportsmanlike. Erving, however, changed that misconception and turned the dunk into the most qualitative shot in the game. The “slam dunk”, as it is called, became an art form and came to help popularize the sport.
    Links: Top Ten Julius Erving Dunkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Erving,
  9. Dwight Howard

    Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Howard, who usually plays center but can also play power forward, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA Draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic. A six-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA team selection, five-time All-Defensive member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records. He led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal. He was traded to the Lakers in 2012. Before he was drafted in 2004, Howard said that he wanted to use his NBA career and Christian faith to “raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world”. In November 2009, he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which awards athletes for their charitable work.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Howard,
  10. David Thompson

           David O’Neil Thompson (born July 13, 1954) is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets, as well as the Seattle Super Sonics. He was previously a star in college for North Carolina State, leading the Wolfpack to its first NCAA championship in 1974.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thompson_(basketball),
  11. Shawn Kemp

           Shawn T. Kemp (born November 26, 1969) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA Second Team member.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Kemp,
  12. Connie Hawkins

           Cornelius (Connie) L. Hawkins (born July 17, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York) is a former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter, Harlem Wizard and New York City playground legend. It was on the New York City courts that he earned his nickname The Hawk.
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  13. Clyde Drexler

           Clyde Austin “The Glide” Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is a former American professional basketball shooting guard and small forward. A ten-time All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, the NBA named him one of basketball’s fifty greatest players as of 1996. Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the Dream Team and an NBA championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. He is a commentator for Rockets home games.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Drexler,
  14. Darryl Dawkins

           Darryl Dawkins (born January 11, 1957 in Orlando, Florida) is a retired American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, “Chocolate Thunder,” was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Dawkins,
  15. Spud Webb and Nate Robinson

    Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb (born July 13, 1963) is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in NBA history. He is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Texas Legends, the D-League team for the Dallas Mavericks in Frisco, Texas. Years later, a man named Nate Robinson would come along to take off with what Spudd Webb started. Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson (born May 31, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Born in Seattle, Robinson played college basketball at the University of Washington in Seattle and was the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Before signing with the Bulls, Robinson was a point guard for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors. Robinson is the NBA’s first three-time slam dunk champion.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spud_Webbhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Robinson,
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