Year: 1967

When you're so dominant that a league changes its rules to avoid you completely ruining everybody else, you know you're legit. Such was the case of Lew Alcindor (or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as he is now known), who after his first year on the varsity squad at UCLA saw the NCAA change the rules to ban all dunking from college games. That's what happens when you're 7'2" and essentially unstoppable in the paint; you just stuff it in the hoop every time. While this change probably helped Alcindor by allowing him to develop other parts of his game, it also thrust dunking into the limelight and made it a more commonly accepted part of basketball when it was finally reinstated by the NCAA in 1976.