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Is Kadour Ziani the Best Dunker in the World?

allenmoll September 17, 2010 Allen Moll 21 Comments

September 17, 2010 – Allen Moll

Many American fans tout the legendary Michael Jordan, “Dr J” Julius Erving, or even Vince Carter as the best all-time NBA dunk artists. But one international streetball legend named Kadour Ziani has been doing some spectacular dunks for nearly 20 years world-wide, that would make even the legendary MJ or Dominique proud. He’s only 5‘10 but has an incredible 56 inch vertical leap, proven by regularly leaping over automobiles and up to four spectators on 360 dunk attempts.

Famous for his “Kick the Rim” and his double reverse (that right,………I said double reverse) windmill dunks, Ziani even now entering his 40‘s still puts on quite an exhibition in slam dunks. He even once drew world-wide acclaim by taking on and out-dunking the entire And 1 Mixtape crew in a dunk contest back in 2006. Unfortunately fans in the USA haven’t really been exposed to Ziani, but he undoubtedly is an international superstar in the world of streetball.

The Algerian born player, who emigrated to France at age 5, hasn’t been touring as much over the past few years but has resurfaced recently by showing out at the Quai 54 Streetball Tournament in Paris, France, where of course, he showed off by doing his patented Kick the Rim stunt (via: Streetballblog.com):

A few years ago, he appeared on the Best Damn Sports Show Period and broke the World’s Record for highest kick, along with finishing off some insane dunks:

Check out arguably the best Kadour Ziani mix on youtube:

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen also provides content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R015PScpTM benjamin

    He might be the worlds best high kicker but if he was the best dunker he’d be in the NBA. I don’t care what you do when there’s no defense now if you just faked out two Knicks went baseline and threw one down in Patrick Ewings face after he fouls you in a playoffs game thats a great dunker. Dunks are only worth 2 points when they’re in a game and your ability to get a good look at a dunk is worth more than your vertical leap. Still impressive for someone his size but do your website a favor and don’t compare this guy to Dr. J and MJ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R015PScpTM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpTfb9SkKaQ

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  • John M

    Oooooh world’s greatest…..dunker? HAHAHAHA. You write that like it is a big deal. sorry, dunking means squat, especially if you are 5′ 11″. LOTs of people can dunk.

    Saying “world’s greatest dunker” is like saying someone is the “world’s greatest eater”… Whoop dee doo….

    • kentuckyfriedchicken

      it’s a big deal douche.. you’re a record holder and that’s a big deal… and it’s too obvious that you can’t dunk or play basketball so shut the fuck up… 

    • Jason Rosenbaum

      OP can’t dunk.

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  • Tommyboy

    This guy has a 57 inch vertical man.Give credit were credit is do,he is athletic.Oh and too the guy that says he can’t dunk in a game.LOL man can dunk on a lot of players in the nba.Just because he does not play in the nba does not mean he is not a great dunker.You know how many great players are out there that no one knows about?

  • http://thetop7.net Kent

    This dude can flat out jump. See how he stacks up against viral video sensation Jacob Tucker. http://thetop7.net/2011/03/09/jacob-tucker-and-his-vertical-jump/

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  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

  • Dunkingblog

    Probably the only person in the world who can kick the backboard?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VOY75P5XMOIJK3OXOBFOCZ57IA Anon Grumaie

    just because you are dunker or not, being in NBA means you also got to have connection. benjamin, you are beyond retard.