Vince Carter’s retirement announcement Thursday has us all feeling a bit nostalgic. A certain Hall of Famer and No. 19 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Carter will go down as arguably the greatest dunker in league history (apologies to Dominique Wilkins and Dr. J).
Carter’s gravity-defying performance at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest was a masterpiece, but he’s not the only high flyer around these parts. Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett flashed some serious hops in a recent hardwood session, wowing with his superior leaping ability and penchant for rim-rattling slams. It’s no surprise the 6’4” Garrett, a star power forward on his high school team in Arlington, Texas, can dunk with such authority. The Texas A&M alum’s older brother, Sean Williams, played five seasons in the NBA for the Nets, Celtics and his hometown Mavericks from 2007-12.
The 24-year-old has plenty in his arsenal, from Carter-esque windmills to ferocious tomahawk jams. Garrett, who impressed with a 41-inch vertical at the 2017 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, still has some spring in him, as he showed by skying over one of his buddies for a slick, one-handed flush.
The one-time Pro Bowler hasn’t played an NFL down since clubbing Steelers QB Mason Rudolph over the head with his helmet, which prompted his suspension for the remainder of 2019. The league came down hard on Garrett, and rightfully so, though the former No. 1 pick has since been reinstated and should be in uniform for the Browns’ season opener in Baltimore on September 13.
The NFL boasts plenty of basketball alums including Donovan McNabb, Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas. But based on the video evidence at our disposal, you’d be hard-pressed to find a current NFLer who can throw it down like Garrett.