Phil Cofer of Florida State pulled off one of the most impressive dunks you will ever see on Monday night over Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. The throw-down would have been absurd regardless of the opponent but posterizing a likely All-American and potential No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft makes it all that much better.
But is it really a dunk if the player’s hand never touches the rim? This is taking nothing away from Cofer, as 99.99 percent of humans would look like damn fools trying to replicate such a ridiculously athletic act. However, should it be considered among the top dunks in recent memory or just an unreal play against a big-time player?
It’s not entirely clear whether or not Cofer’s hand touches the rim but it appears that it does not and would not be the first time that a play was lauded for being a massive dunk when it might not actually be a dunk.
A slam dunk is defined as the following (via Dictionary.com):
A particularly forceful, often dramatic, dunk shot.
That solves nothing. What is a dunk shot?
There is no mention of needing to touch the rim. Congrats, Phil Cofer, you threw down one of the most incredible dunks in a very long time.
As a result of this exclusive and hard-hitting investigation, you may all proceed about your day knowing that the Florida State freshman did indeed dunk the basketball