While it became a standard move in the NBA by the 1970s, dunking was banned in the NCAA for nine years when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first superstar to regularly dunk the ball. He dominated so thoroughly that officials decided dunking gave teams an unfair advantage.
When did the NBA start allowing dunking?
Guys like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlin could dunk, but it was more of a force then finesse and style. It wasn’t until the late 60s that the modern dunk was invented, and it wasn’t invented in the NBA. In 1967 owners in many smaller cities that could not lure an NBA team, formed their own league.
When was dunking allowed in high school?
From 1967 to 1976, the NCAA banned dunking with a rule that may have been inspired by the dominance of Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). High school basketball followed suit. Yet even when both college and high school lifted the ban, dunking was still not allowed during pregame warm-ups.
Can WNBA dunk?
Yes! WNBA players are allowed to dunk on the game. However, dunking is much less common in the WNBA than in the NBA. The reason why is because the average height of WNBA players is shorter compared to the average height of NBA players.
What is the longest dunk ever?
At the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, England, Jordan Ramos executed a high-flying world record longest dunk from just . 34 inches shy of 33 feet (10.05 meters).