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NBA: 2013 All-Dunk Teams

Andrew BromstedtContributor IIMay 26, 2013

NBA: 2013 All-Dunk Teams

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    Paul George's obliteration of Chris Andersen two nights ago was just one of many posterizations the NBA has seen this year to go along with countless alley-oops and fast-break slams. 

    It just happened to come the day after the NBA announced the roster for their three All-NBA teams.

    With that, I felt the need to put together three teams that include the NBA's best dunkers from 2013. Like the All-NBA teams, each squad will include two guards, two forwards and a center.

    Without further ado, here are the NBA's 2013 All-Dunk teams. 

Honorable Mentions

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    To go with Gerald Henderson, each of these players are more than worthy of a spot on these teams.

    James Harden, Guard

    Damian Lillard, Guard

    Kenneth Faried, Forward

    Jeff Green, Forward

    Roy Hibbert, Center

Third Team: Andre Iguodala, Guard

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    Andre Iguodala has been murdering the rim for some time now. It's hard to believe he's not even 30 yet. 

    The Philadelphia 76ers repaid him for his heroics against the Bulls in Game 6  last year by dealing him to the Denver Nuggets, where he has continued to dunk the living crap out of the ball.

    With the likes of Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee, Iguodala and the rest Nuggets will continue to be a solid source of throwdowns next season. 

Third Team: J.R. Smith, Guard

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    J.R. Smith was key in helping the Knicks earn their first Atlantic Division title since Forrest Gump was in theaters

    The Sixth Man of the Year consistently put Madison Square Garden on its feet, and brought his hops with him to the playoffs.

Third Team: Rudy Gay, Forward

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    Rudy Gay's trade to the Raptors gave Toronto fans a third source of monstrous dunks. 

    That doesn't change the fact that some of Rudy's best dunks were in a Grizzlies uniform this season.

    A seasoned veteran, he led the Raptors in points per game (19.5), and would find himself on the Second or First Team had there not been such stiff competition at the forward position.

Third Team: Paul George, Forward

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    Paul George had big shoes to fill this year with the absence of Danny Granger. He excelled quite well in doing so, leading the Pacers to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference.

    George earned All-NBA Third Team honors and put the Pacers on his back in a breakout season. 

    Just 23 years old, George will be rocking the rim in Indiana for years to come. 

Third Team: DeMarcus Cousins, Center

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    DeMarcus Cousins is the leader of a young Sacramento Kings roster, averaging the most in points, rebounds, steals and posterizations for the team. 

    The 22-year-old has a long career ahead of him. If he can continue to rock the rim and embarrass anyone who stands in his way, he'll be making annual All-Dunk Team appearances, and will more than likely find his way to the first squad.

Second Team: DeMar DeRozan, Guard

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    DeMar DeRozan has been providing Raptors fans with filthy dunks since joining the team in 2009. His throwdown over Timofey Mozgov served as one of the best posterizations of 2013. 

    DeRozan has already established himself as a franchise player for Toronto. Whether or not he's the best dunker on the team is still up for debate, but he made a nice case for himself in the 2012-13 season. 

Second Team: Terrence Ross, Guard

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    The 2013 Slam Dunk champion didn't disappoint Raptor fans in his rookie season. While he didn't have nearly the in-game impact as every other player on these squads, Ross has plenty of time to develop his game for the high-flying Raptors. 

    He played an average of 17.0 minutes his first year in the league. The Raptors will undoubtedly raise that number next year, so Ross can do more of what he does best.

Second Team: Harrison Barnes, Forward

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    The Warriors established themselves as one of the best teams in the Western Conference this postseason, while Harrison Barnes established himself as one of the best rookies. 

    As a member of the All-Rookie First Team, Barnes did a solid job this year in his role for the Warriors, putting up 9.5 points per game, while slamming his way to the All-Dunk Second Team.

Second Team: Kevin Durant, Forward

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    Three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant had a rough go in the playoffs without Russell Westbrook, but not quite as rough as the centers he posterized this past season. 

    The best scorer in the league can get as high as any other player in the NBA. Earning his spot on the All-NBA First Team for the fourth straight year, the 24-year-old gives Thunder fans plenty to look forward to despite a disappointing 2013 playoff run.

    Did I mention he could rap (kinda)?

Second Team: JaVale McGee, Center

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    I know he's a goon, but it doesn't change the fact that JaVale McGee can throw it down and make it look easy. 

    The 25-year-old is the third member of the Denver Nuggets to make this team, and has more than enough evidence to back the claim that he's one of the best dunking centers in the NBA. 

First Team: Russell Westbrook, Guard

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    Russell Westbrook's presence was greatly missed in the playoffs, but his monster dunks in the regular season were more than enough to earn him First Team honors. 

    With Derrick Rose sidelined, Westbrook was easily the best dunking point guard in the NBA this year. 

First Team: Gerald Green, Guard

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    He's been doing it for a while now. Whether it be in a Celtics, Timberwolves, Nets or Pacers uniform, Gerald Green is a constant source of "OHH'S!" 

    Still just 27, Green has plenty left in the tank to rise up and get fans off their feet.

First Team: Blake Griffin, Forward

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    Blake Griffin's appearance should come as no surprise here. He's been putting the hurt on championship-winning big men since joining the league in 2010. 

    The 2012-13 season was no different, as Griffin rocked the rim and helped lead the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title in franchise history. 

First Team: LeBron James, Forward

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    He's an NBA champion, Finals MVP, four time league MVP and nine time All-Star, but something tells me that LeBron James will be most honored by his spot on this list. 

    Okay, maybe not.

    Nevertheless, LeBron continued to amaze this season while leading the Heat to the best record in the NBA. 

First Team: DeAndre Jordan, Center

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    Surprise, surprise. DeAndre Jordan is the second Clipper to make the First Team. His embarrassment of Brandon Knight alone puts him in a class above the other superstars that made this list.

    That said, a couple more examples don't hurt.

     

    So there you have it: the NBA's 2013 All-Dunk teams. Sound off in the comments about any omissions and I'll do my best to add them in. 

     

    All stats courtesy of NBA.com

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