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Old 07-20-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Players Top Ten Vertical Leap

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Michael Jordan "stomps the yard" when it comes to the highest vertical leap in NBA history. No wonder he was able to put basketball fans on the edge of their seats, holding their collective breadths, as he flew through the air. Just how high was Air Jordan's vertical leap? Where do other great NBA stars rank in this category while compared to His Airness?
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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I heard wilts vertical was like 70 inches or something.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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The whole list is a joke.

David Thompson has the highest vertical in the NBA, ever.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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I don't think Lebron has a 44 inch vertical or Jordan has a 48 inch vertical i would say max 42 for both.

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Old 07-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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Jordan does not have a 48 inch vertical leap and his head wasn't ever a full 6 inches above the rim[that would mean he would be able to pretty much bite the rim without tilting his head upwards].

The list also says that Carmelo Anthony is a better leaper than Wade and Kobe, which is a joke to anyone who has seen all three of them in their prime.. we have seen Kobe and Wade throw down way more vicious/athletic dunks than Anthony.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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I heard wilts vertical was like 70 inches or something.

you heard wrong. He'd be diving into the basket if that were true. I've watched as much Wilt Chamberlain as I could and he was a very athletic, very mobile 7 footer but there's no way he had such a mythical vertical. In fact there's no way he had Lebron's or Derrick Rose's verticals. Somewhere around 30-35" would be my guess. That's very good for a 7 footer.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:47 PM   #7
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Bernard King really one the best leapers the game has ever seen?
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #8
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a high vertical leap is good, but better when coupled with being explosive i.e derrick rose,amar'e, lebron...
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:52 PM   #9
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a high vertical leap is good, but better when coupled with being explosive i.e derrick rose,amar'e, lebron...

this is true. Amar'e actually doesn't have a very high vertical, in fact it wasn't even that high before the knee surgery, but because he can get off the floor in no time he's a great dunker. I think that's why Amar'e is a better dunker than guys like Tyson Chandler who have to load up more to get off the ground.

Rose and Lebron get off the ground quick and have high verticals which makes them crazy good dunkers.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #10
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Jordan does not have a 48 inch vertical leap
You are probably wright but how can you be so sure?
Have you attended his vertical leap measurement?
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #11
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this is true. Amar'e actually doesn't have a very high vertical, in fact it wasn't even that high before the knee surgery, but because he can get off the floor in no time he's a great dunker. I think that's why Amar'e is a better dunker than guys like Tyson Chandler who have to load up more to get off the ground.

Rose and Lebron get off the ground quick and have high verticals which makes them crazy good dunkers.
i thought it was 42 pre surgery? the real crazy thing is he was even more explosive before the surgery, still remains explosive though.
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You are probably wright but how can you be so sure?
Have you attended his vertical leap measurement?
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i thought it was 42 pre surgery? the real crazy thing is he was even more explosive before the surgery, still remains explosive though.
It was 36 in his rookie year i don't know it might of improved
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It was 36 in his rookie year i don't know it might of improved
wow you're right....fcking incredible. i thought dude was over 40 for sure.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:13 PM   #15
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i thought it was 42 pre surgery? the real crazy thing is he was even more explosive before the surgery, still remains explosive though.

eh, 42 inches would mean his head would be very close to the rim and even in the dunk contests he attended that was never going on. Doesn't really matter though, he was still an absolute monster up until that knee surgery.

I think a big reason Amar'e could come back strong after his surgery was that a lot of the subtler aspects of his athleticism were not lost. He doesn't get off the ground particularly high anymore, but he still probably has the quickest first step out of any big man in the league and he still has great body control. He also has big hands which means he doesn't have to get up as high to dunk and can focus more of his momentum toward getting to the rim rather than getting up.
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