Yeah, I guess you can count layups too. I was just thinking that most baskets near the basket (outside of dunks) are more like putbacks or tip ins which aren't that easy as they require rebounding. And even if they aren't off rebounds they require positioning. And most of the real layups I see would be considered pretty hard as there are defenders in the way that require some sort of maneuvering. When there aren't defenders, I just see most players dunking.
Agreed. But they're dunking because it's considered cooler. Turning an uncontested layup into a dunk is (in most cases) to make it slightly more difficult.