With one emphatic dunk, Woody Harrelson turned stereotypes upside down in the classic basketball film White Men Can’t Jump. The film, which was released 20 years ago today, also starred Wesley Snipes as Harrelson’s African-American hoop partner.
Together, the pair hustled and hollered their way around Los Angeles’ pick-up basketball circuit — cashing in and creating problems along the way.
Rockets forward Chase Budinger payed homage to the film in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest. Budinger soared over hip-hop mogul Diddy, wearing a backwards cap just like Harrelson’s character Billy Hoyle in the movie. Sure, the NBA is still majority-African-American — but here are the league’s top ten greatest dunkers who look like Woody, but jump like Mike.