Skip to main content

Zach LaVine shares who would win in a dunk contest between him, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Vince Carter

Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine talks about who would win in a what-if dunk contest between him, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Vince Carter.

Zach LaVine talks about who would win in a what-if dunk contest between him, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Vince Carter.

What if Dunk Contest scenario

While appearing on Draymond Green's podcast, Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine talked about a hypothetical dunk contest that included him and a few other NBA legends. Those legends are none other than former dunk contest champions Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, and Kobe Bryant. LaVine made a name for himself with his memorable performance in the 2015 & 2016 dunk contests and is considered one of the best dunkers of the never generation of NBA players.

When Draymond asked LaVine, who would win in that specific dunk contest, LaVine said he and Vince Carter would go into the finals. Yeah, Jordan and Bryant would not make it there, and while LaVine believes he is a better dunker than the two, he doesn't think he is better than Carter.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

"A lot of people don't put Kobe in there, but Kobe was a vicious dunker for sure. MJ is going to get the biggest fan reaction. Vince is going to come with most, I would say creative dunk. It would be a toss-up, and I would never put myself against anybody, but I think it would be me and Vince in the final. I think Vince would probably take me cause I always go with the guys that came before me, and Vince came in with some stuff. It would be me and Vince. It all just depends on who makes the first dunk; that is what I would say."

Vince Carter deserves more respect

Vince Carter is often regarded as the best dunker in NBA history, and some of his dunks are truly iconic. However, sometimes that gets forgotten is the sheer fact he could actually play, and there was a period when he was one of the best guards in the NBA. LaVine thinks Carter is a legitimate HOF and thinks people should give him more respect as a player and a scorer, not just a great dunker.

"The dude is a straight-up HOF; he had 26 thousand points averaging 28,29 points per game a couple of times. You don't do that by just dunking the ball."

Both LaVine and Draymond made good points about Vince. He raised to fame quickly because of his unbelievable bounce and being one of the smoothest dunkers in NBA history. He was also highly talented and a great shooter who could score from pretty much anywhere on the floor, in the same way he could jump over a seven-footer and dunk the ball. It's always interesting to hear what players have to say about these what-if situations and see that LaVine has a lot of respect for other legends of the game that came before him.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Kyrie Irving

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blasts Kyrie Irving for sharing an Alex Jones video: "Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence"

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was incensed after Kyrie Irving’s deliberate attempt to sow misinformation and spread conspiracy theories among those who look up to him.

Grant Hill recalls competing against the original Dream Team

Grant Hill recalls beating the original Dream Team in a scrimmage game: "We already knew that no one would believe us if we told them"

Grant Hill reflects what it meant for him and other college players when they actually beat the original Dream Team before the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in a scrimmage game

WWE star Logan Paul and Dwight Howard

WWE legend Triple H’s dare to Dwight Howard: “Be like Logan Paul, Bad Bunny, Tyson Fury”

Dwight Howard doesn't just want to be a run-of-the-mill professional wrestler.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"I’m still a Timberwolf until I die, as I am a Celtic" - Kevin Garnett addresses rift with Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett is not in good terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his love for the city has never changed.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

"It's a way to really challenge yourself" — Kevin Love talks about the hardest workout he's ever done

Kevin Love revealed the hardest workout he has ever done and it doesn't have anything to do with basketball.

BYU Cougars guard Jimmer Fredette shoots over San Diego State Aztecs forward Kawhi Leonard

“He said some things” — Jimmer Fredette on Kawhi Leonard's trash talk

En route to a 72-54 win, Kawhi Leonard approached Jimmer Fredette and talked smack to him.

lebron-james-boban-marjanovic-min

Boban Marjanovic doesn't think LeBron James is "the strongest player" in the league: 'It depends on what you measure'

Boban Marjanovic thinks it's impossible to hail LeBron James or anybody as the strongest player in the league there are a lot of factors to consider in measuring strength.

Yao Ming & Steve Francis

"It was me who was bothered by it" - Steve Francis on Yao Ming's transition to NBA

Steve Francis thought Yao Ming will succumb to the pressures of being an NBA star, but he was proven wrong.