As we go back and look at Highlights for the Charlotte Hornets, could we consider Mile Bridges to be the best dunker in team history?
Fans of the Charlotte Hornets have had a lot to look back on as they wait for news about the rest of the NBA’s season. Since March 11th, the NBA has been in a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One thing fans have been able to do during this period is go back and look at some of the Hornets’ highlights. When it comes to highlights, some fans have rewatched previous elite dunkers who have played for Charlotte.
On Monday, Swarm and Sting did two twitter polls; in these, we asked fans who they thought the best dunker in team history was. In the initial poll, there were 521 participants. Miles Bridges won with 34.9% of the vote, while Larry Johnson finished behind him with 34%.
Other participants included Baron Davis and Gerald Wallace, but both players finished with half the percentage of the top-two. However, popular suggested comments also included Gerald Henderson and Rex Chapman as candidates.
Since the vote was very close, we decided to have a limited time poll between Bridges and Johnson; in this poll, there were 133 participants. Just like the first poll, Bridges came out as the winner with 51.1% of the vote.
For Miles Bridges to win this vote twice is bold, considering that he’s only been in the league for two seasons. Bridges shocked a lot of fans with his dunks last season, which would eventually lead to him participating in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie.
Since then, Bridges has played as a consistent starter for the Hornets and has even played in the NBA’s Rising Stars Game. What was shocking is that Bridges finished this game as the 2020 Rising Star’s MVP.
Out of 145 games played in his career, Bridges has already thrown down 118 successful dunks. Out of all of his games, 63% of Bridges’ dunks have been assisted on. So far, in fifteen fewer games than last season, Bridges has connected on 24 fewer dunks.
Bridges is averaging 13.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season. He’s already established himself as a fan favorite and has won a Rising Stars MVP Award.
With the results, do you agree that Miles Bridges is the best dunker in franchise history? Or did Larry Johnson get snubbed? I expect Bridges will continue to wow fans with his future dunks.