Different Types of Dunk

Dunking is the most common and widely used by the players in order to score good points by putting the balls into the basket. There are different ways of dunking which are used by the players. Dunking is an ultimate for all the basket ball players. The style of dunking varies with the methods used. Some of the different types of dunking done are as follow:

Two Hands:

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It is possible for the players to grip the ball dunking with using their both hands. And is what referred to as the two hands dunking concept.


There is a peculiar way to perform the windmill dunk in which the players have to circle the ball around their arms. Dunking is done here by fully rotating the ball and that first start with ball in down and then turning the arm so as to circle it. The windmill can be performed with two hands or with one hand depends on the player.


This is the type of dunking which involves two players like one player would be assisting the other so as to pass the ball. The first player would be throwing the ball towards the basket direction passing high in the air. The role of second player is to catch this ball and put it down through the basket.

Foul Line:

There is a foul line in which the players would start running behind this line in order to execute this dunk. At the moment when the players reaches the foul line, they throw the ball towards the basket and extend it.

Behind The Head:

In this the player will not be facing the basket, this type of dunk is executed under the basket but the player would be facing away from it. The player holds the ball with both of his hands and throws the ball extending his arms. The ball would be passed down through the basket and that too would be behind his head as he stands underneath it.

Tomahawk Dunk:

In this type of dunking the players executes it holding the ball with two hands above his head and bring back the ball down behind his head. It would be in a circling motion the ball is brought back and passed down through the basket.

Free throw line Dunk:

In order to execute this type of dunk, the payer should have good power of speed. There would be a free throw line at which the player jumps and this would be located at a distance from the rm. This is the jump shot which is hardest to execute for a player as it requires a good amount of elevation also. This can be done with one or two hands. This type of dunk is also known as foul line dunk.

Reverse Dunk:

In this type of dunk the player will not view the basket as he funs the ball through the basket. While dunking, he turns his back so as towards the basket and then he extends his arm pushing the ball through the basket.

360 Dunk:

This requires a 360 degree jump while player executes this type of dunk system. It would be in a customary manner the ball is thrown down the basket.

720 Dunk:

This type of dunk requires full two spins in the air compared to 360 dunk concept and this is the hardest type of dunk.

Between the legs Dunk:

In order to execute this type of dunk, the player need to pass the ball from one hand to anther and that too goes between his legs through air and then it goes for dunk as gets passed down through the basket. This type of dunk is very exhilarating to watch for the audience and so it is very much impressive for the judges giving good scores for the players.

Off the backboard/ glass:

This type of executed by the players with both of his hands. In this as the name indicates, the players bounces the ball off and that towards a blackboard and then the player grabs the ball making a dunk. This type of dunk is very popular and here the player catches the ball in the middle of air and then only performs the slammer. This is a type of dunk which can be used as a combination with reverse dunk, tomahawk dunk and the windmill dunk. This is an enchanting way of dunking which the audience loves to watch.

Double Clutch or Double Pump Dunk:

In this type of dunk, it requires the players to execute it by extending their arms in the mid air and then to be bring back the ball to body or mainly the head and then again extending to throw it down the basket executing dunking once more. Here the dunk happens again and that is why it has a double in its name.

Rock the Cradle:

This type of dunk is same as that of the windmill where the player circulates the ball around their arms before performing the dunk. The same does here and the difference lies in which the player holds the ball which is held in the palm and the wrist, unlike the windmill in order to circulate the ball, the player need to start circular motion of the ball from the bottom. This type of dunk is the combination of 360 windmill, 360 between the leg dunk, reverse dunk and the double pump dunk.

Under the Leg Dunk:

In order to execute this type of dunk, the ball is passed from one hand to another hand and that too under the leg which is already raised. Like the ball is passed from left hand to right hand by passing ball underneath the raised right leg.

Elbow Hang Dunk:

The player passes the ball through his forearm in this type of dunk in order to execute this dunk. It is not simply passing ball from one hand to another.

One Hand:

In this type of dunk, the ball is passed down through the basket by jumping high on air and then passed with one hand only.

Behind the back:

In this type the player executes the dunk by throwing the ball facing back towards the basket.


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