Julius Erving is the man who turned the slam dunk into an art form and helped make the NBA what it is today. As the betting experts at 5 dimes and bet sports will attest, before there was Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant there was Julius Erving. He is one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA but it was his ability to make the spectacular play that has made him so popular over the years. He was a small forward who was not a great shooter but when he drove to the basket some of the plays he made were so spectacular that it can take an observer’s breath away.
Before Julius Erving started dunking in the NBA the dunk was the domain of the centers. Yes, other players could do it as well but centers and power forwards were the only players who seemed to do it with regularity. That was before Julius Erving. He dunked from the foul line in an NBA All Star game and it was so graceful that it seemed like he was never going to come down. It was something that had never been seen before. In the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers he jumped from one side of the key and went to the other side of the key, behind the backboard in the air to score a basket against Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper.
However, his incredible high flying acts were accomplished with grace and dignity. He was the ultimate flag bearer for the NBA and helped it make the leap into the living room of families throughout the United States.
When you watch the NBA and all the great athletes you see remember this one statement: the predecessor of these athletes and arguably the greatest one of all to this day is Julius Erving.