View Full Version : Do players play better when they get dunks?

05-26-2010, 09:10 PM
So I was watching this old TNT Inside the NBA from last year's playoffs and Charles Barkley was talking about how he has noticed that certain players play better overall when they get to dunk the basketball during the game. Some players on his list were Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler, and Josh Smith.

So my question to you guys is do you think NBA players play better when they dunk in-game?

GSW Hoops
05-26-2010, 09:12 PM
Well it's certainly a high percentage shot.

05-26-2010, 09:14 PM
Easy baskets increase confidence...plus they make percentage look better at the end of the game

05-26-2010, 09:15 PM
Everything that barkley says is wrong!

Raoul Duke
05-26-2010, 09:24 PM
It's especially true for young big men. All they wanna do is dunk.

05-26-2010, 09:28 PM
Everything that barkley says is wrong! So not the point of this thread.

And I think Dwight Howard tonight is a pretty good example of this.

05-26-2010, 09:34 PM
i think its true of most guys. a big dunk can really get a guys confidence going

05-26-2010, 09:34 PM
For a lot of guys, I don't think so. But for the those three are basically a perfect example of some people who it actually does help. It depends on the player.

05-26-2010, 09:36 PM
what about the players that cant dunk?

05-26-2010, 09:37 PM
See sig.

05-26-2010, 09:38 PM
All those guys are good real good defenders. I think when you get involved on the offensive end, it makes you more eager to play defense. Weather it be a dunk or 3 pointer I dont really think it matters though. As long as your involved, you well have more energy and probably play better all around.

05-26-2010, 09:38 PM
It depends. If all they do is look to dunk, then no they make them worse. See Desmond Mason

05-26-2010, 10:11 PM
Dumb thread... thats like asking do players play better once the make a 3. If I score 5 threes in a row, then my confidence would be as high as if I had just made 5 windmill dunks. Also I would be much less tired as well if I shot 3 jumpers.

05-26-2010, 11:14 PM
yes ofcourse

OT Thriller
05-26-2010, 11:36 PM
A dunk is the greatest source of energy and confidence that a player can have. Especially when hes playing at home and the crowd roars after the dunk, you better believe it makes them play more confidently. And when your more confident, your a better ball player bottom line.

05-26-2010, 11:40 PM
Well, if I dunk in a game then I'm sure as Hell going to get a lot more confidence and do better ... considering I can't.

Jacob K.
05-26-2010, 11:44 PM
It's especially true for young big men. All they wanna do is dunk.

javale mcgee is a perfect example of this. he throws down everything!

05-27-2010, 12:24 AM
Definitely, it gives him, his team and the crowd momemtum, while slightly demoralizing the opposing team.

05-27-2010, 12:31 AM
I think so because I believe that almost all players get their flow going when they get a lay-up or get fouled and get to the line. Getting a dunk is getting a lay-up but with some oomph to it so I think it definitely does.

05-27-2010, 07:26 PM
Yes. I don't remember which game it was, but when Mo Williams dunked on Pierce, he completely took over the third quarter and was red hot.

05-27-2010, 10:00 PM
Andrew Bynum is a good example of this. He has been known to only play defense if he gets a few buckets early in the game.