Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bam Adebayo Both Threw Down MONSTROUS Dunks Last Night- Let’s Break Down Whose Was Better
I was originally only going to write about the Giannis dunk but it would be disrespectful not to include Bam Adebayo considering the hammer he threw down last night. Before we get to him, let’s talk about Giannis. As much as I’d like to say I’m surprised by the fact that he almost hit his head on the roof, I’m not. He’s essentially a 6’11 horny Stretch Armstrong. The only reason this dunk got so much attention is because LeBron James was in the general vicinity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always impressive when a dunk comes off a back door cut in traffic but for me his length takes away from the awe factor. If it was a vicious two-handed dunk that involved him hanging on the rim I’d rate it a ten. Due to the fact that it was an off balance one hander that resulted in a fall I’m going to rate it a 6.7 out of 10. I expect more from my super stars. *Cue the outrage.* On to Bam.
To be honest, I didn’t know who Bam Adebayo was before this dunk. I stopped paying attention to the Heat when LeBron left. I actually don’t think I could name one player on the Heat other than Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem who’s been on the team since 1990. Regardless, this play put him on the map. He’s only an inch shorter than Giannis but his dunk is a thousand times better. The cut, the break away, height. I love it. Not only that, it’s off an inbound play which almost never works and his eyes were at the rim. If you really want to nitpick you can say it wasn’t technically a dunk because he never touched the rim.
But if you use that logic then you’d have to take away Dwight Howard’s 2008 slam dunk contest trophy. I’m giving this dunk a solid 7.3 out of 10. It wasn’t too crazy but it was newsworthy. So it’s official, last night for a split second Bam Adebayo was a better basketball player than Giannis Antetokounmpo. Congrats, Bam.
Side note: I was going to include LeBron in my list but he blew both of them out of the water. Pretty crazy for a guy in his fifteenth season in the NBA.