Nothing gets an NBA crowd going like a good old-fashioned alley-oop.
All right, so maybe lob dunks aren't exactly old-fashioned, per se. Still, is there anything more exciting than seeing someone sky for a pass and a jam immediately thereafter? One guy delivers the ball to open space; the other saves it from imminent doom for a thunderous throw-down.
There may be no higher expression of collaborative artistry in basketball. Success requires precision, touch, camaraderie, timing and, of course, supreme agility and athleticism.
All of which sets the sport apart from its peers.
The alley-oop is as prolific today as it's ever been, thanks to the ongoing influx of top-shelf point guards and freakishly gifted finishers. There may never be a lob combination quite as thrilling as the Gary Payton-Shawn Kemp connection for the Seattle SuperSonics of yore, but these five modern practitioners of the alley-oop come close.