From 1967 to 1976, the NCAA banned dunking with a rule that may have been inspired by the dominance of Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). High school basketball followed suit. Yet even when both college and high school lifted the ban, dunking was still not allowed during pregame warm-ups.
He averaged 29.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Meanwhile, the Bruins were 88–2 with Abdul-Jabbar on campus. They won the first three of their record seven straight national championships. However, a ban on dunking imposed in 1966 forced the big man to get creative with his offensive repertoire.
Some of that tension was transferred into NCAA rules meant to penalize Alcindor, then a dominant Black player for the UCLA Bruins who led his team to a crushing victory in the NCAA Tournament — just two days after the tournament concluded, the NCAA made the dunk illegal.
So, in 1967, the NCAA actually decided to ban the dunk, claiming that it was not a “skillful shot” and also citing injury concerns. Whether or not it was a skillful shot was highly debatable and the injuries due to dunking were a very small percentage compared to other injuries that occurred while playing basketball.
Many people have attributed the ban to the dominance of the college phenomenon Lew Alcindor (now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar); the no-dunking rule is sometimes referred to as the "Lew Alcindor rule." Others have attributed the ban to racial motivations, as at the time most of the prominent dunkers in college ...
While it became a standard move in the NBA by the 1970s, dunking was banned in the NCAA for nine years when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first superstar to regularly dunk the ball. He dominated so thoroughly that officials decided dunking gave teams an unfair advantage.
Looking at Stephen Curry's dunk statistics
He has a total of 26 dunks in his 13-year career and the last time he did so was in the 2018-19 season.
Now there is the Lew Alcindor Rule. College basketball's rules makers decided last week that players may no longer "dunk" or "stuff" the ball by ramming it through the hoop from directly above. The no-dunking rule was frankly aimed at Alcindor, the 7-ft.
A brief history of the dunk
Kurland may be credited with basketball's first dunk, but the first one made in an organized basketball game belongs to the NBA's Joe Fortenberry. While training for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he dunked the ball into the net like someone “dunking their roll into a cup of coffee.”
In a league predicated on players' athletic ability and height relative to their position, finding NBA players who can't dunk is equivalent to finding a needle in a haystack. Logically speaking, if a player has made it to the NBA, he has dunked at one time or another.
Bob Kurland and his “Dunk Shot”
Kurland obviously didn't feel this way – he became the first player to regularly do dunk shots in games. The 7-foot Hall of Fame center used the shot routinely while playing on NCAA championship winning teams for Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) in 1945 and 1946.
There was just the one bad reason: That once upon a time, somebody believed dunking in warmups was a sign of bad sportsmanship. Dunking in pregame warmups, I imagine this person thought, could be unnecessarily intimidating to an opponent.
Many times, players opt to go up for a dunk but gently put the ball in the basket without touching the rim. Also not a dunk. If you remove your hands at the last second, that's called a layup, although Merriam-Webster defines a dunk simply as “throwing the ball into the basket from above the rim.” Not so.
Antetokounmpo leads the league in dunks at 123, per Basketball Reference. That's 4.6 per game so far. Rudy Gobert, the next-most prolific dunker, has 114 in 31 games (3.7 per.) Clint Capela is next at 110 (3.9 per.), and then there's a 34-dunk gap before we get to JaVale McGee.
Given the fact that Muggsy Bogues didn't ever dunk in-game, the title of “shortest NBA player to dunk” belongs to Spud Webb. Measuring just 5-foot-7, Spud Webb not only dunked in games, but even won the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain would have turned 77 years old today. He holds 71 NBA records, 62 of them by himself, including most points in a game (100), most rebounds in a game (55) and most minutes per game in a season (48.53, thanks to overtime).
Basketball – Wilt Chamberlain (48 inches/1.22m) and Michael Jordan (46 inches/1.17m) Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain owns the highest vertical jump in NBA history, reaching a height of 48 inches.
These rules changed included widening the lane, instituting offensive goaltending and revising rules governing inbounding the ball and shooting free throws (Chamberlain would leap with the ball from behind the foul line to deposit the ball in the basket).
1979: The NBA 3 Point Line
The NBA three-point line is 23'9″ from the middle of the rim (22′ in the corner) and was introduced in the 1979-80 season for a one-year trial.
Basketball. A shot made by jumping high into the air and pushing the ball through the basket with a sharp downward motion, thought to resemble a blow made with a tomahawk.
While growing up in southern California, Miller displayed extraordinary talent on the basketball court. She stayed close to her family by choosing to attend college at the University of Southern California (USC), where she quickly became a star.