For even people with just a passing interest in the game of basketball, the mention of the name, Vince Carter, evokes thoughts of gravity-defying dunks that were equal parts Baryshnikov at the ballet as they were thunderbolts from Zeus.

To mark his 41st birthday, Vinsanity has compiled his ten best dunks of all-time. The only caveat; they all occurred in live-game action (sorry dunk content enthusiasts).

Spanning eras as both a member of the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets, Carter's selections are a reminder that what goes up, doesn't always have to come down. But perhaps the best part is Carter's recollection of his thought process as he was forced to contend with notable shot blockers like Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and Rik Smits.

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