NBA Playoffs 2012: Ranking Top 10 Dunks of Postseason

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IJune 18, 2012

NBA Playoffs 2012: Ranking Top 10 Dunks of Postseason

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    While some fans appreciate a Tim Duncan bank shot or a Shane Battier charge, there is nothing more exciting to watch than a huge dunk. Fortunately, there have been plenty of them this postseason.

    With the incredible athletes in the game today, fans are spoiled with the throwdowns they get to witness on a nightly basis.

    Here are the Top 10 dunks of the playoffs so far.

10. Kevin Durant over Shane Battier

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    Shane Battier has made a career out of his defence as he's stopped some of the greatest scorers in the game, time after time. However, as we all know, great offense beats great defense. Just watch this dunk. 

9. Blake Griffin over Tim Duncan

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    You cannot watch sports highlights these days without seeing Blake Griffin. One of the most exciting players in the league, he seems to have an incredible dunk in every game he plays. Maybe Tim Duncan doesn’t watch the highlights. He might want to start.

8. Russell Westbrook over Tim Duncan

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    As the Clippers showed Duncan in the second round, it’s better to just get out of the way. Although Timmy will still be in the poster for this one, it could’ve been a lot worse for him. For Westbrook, it couldn't have been much better. 

7. Andre Iguodala over Paul Pierce

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    Iguodala has been throwing down dunks like these since his high school days in Illinois. Paul Pierce should’ve known this when he went for the block. Maybe he will remember next time.

6. Jeff Teague

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    Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been in the NBA a long time. They’ve seen guys get dunked on hard and have been dunked on hard. They know there’s nothing worse than being on kids bedrooms around the world for the wrong reason.  It’s better to just get out of the way.

5. Dante Cunningham over Blake Griffin

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    It’s weird seeing Blake Griffin getting dunked on. It’s like Derek Fisher watching as someone hits a game-winning shot in his face, Dwight Howard getting swatted away, or Ron Artest changing his name to Metta World Peace. One of the great things about basketball is when the unexpected happens. This is a prime example. 

4. Caron Butler over Tim Duncan

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    Many people would assume a player with a broken hand wouldn’t be very effective on the basketball court. Sure they might play hard defense and get the odd basket or two, but for the most part they wouldn’t be much of a factor. Tim Duncan made this assumption. Big mistake. 

3. J.R. Smith

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    J.R. Smith is an interesting player. One minute he’s shooting contested threes with 20 seconds left on the shot clock and the next minute he’s throwing down crazy dunks. He’s one player I will never understand. Although, there is one thing I do understand; this dunk was NASTY!

2. LeBron James Alley-Oop

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    LeBron is maybe the greatest athlete of all time, making the impossible look easy. Dunking a basketball is hard enough, but jumping over a 6’1” man to catch an alley-oop in transition requires tremendous athleticism. LeBron didn’t even have to think about it.

1. Brandon Bass over Dwyane Wade

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    Dwyane Wade has made some pretty spectacular blocks in his career and even though he’s only a guard, he’s one of the best swatters in the league. Unfortunately, when shot blockers miss they end up on a poster.

    Wade missed pretty badly on this one.