Watch Dwyane Wade Miss A Wide Open Dunk (Video)
Watch 5’5″ Porter Maberry Perform An Incredible Eastbay Dunk (Video)
Just because you’re short, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a good basketball player. We learned that a few weeks ago from a guy named Jamani Swanson.
However, if you’re particularly short, that does usually preclude the possibility of performing highlight reel dunks.
Of course, there are exceptions to this. Spud Webb, for example, was only 5’7″, and he won the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest by throwing down a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk and a 180-degree reverse two-handed “strawberry jam” off a ridiculously huge lob bounce, which made even Jordan’s jaw drop.
Another exception? A 5’5″ guy by the name of Porter Maberry. He’s not an NBA player, but he recently became probably the shortest person ever to perform the legendary Eastbay dunk—you know, the one where you catch the ball and put it through your legs in mid air before dunking it.
I say “probably” because there’s really no way to know for sure if he’s the shortest to ever perform the dunk. But seeing as how there aren’t many 5’5″ people in the world who can dunk at all, I’d say chances are pretty good that he’s the shortest.
Check him out:
Man, Dwyane Wade is 6’4″ and he whiffed on an easy 1-on-0 dunk just last week. So this kind of makes you think.