Doesn't it seem like the 2010-11 NBA season has produced as many electrifying in-game dunks in just two short months than the amount that normally transpires in a full 82-game campaign?
In a way it makes sense—from top to bottom the athleticism in the league is at an all-time high and if any of these guys see a sliver of light in a defense they're going to take advantage.
But what is surprising is that it's not guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony or the league's other top superstars that are filling up the highlight reel. Instead, it's virtually a new face every night who is cracking NBA TV's Top 10 Plays with a jaw-dropping dunk.
Consider this: When Derrick Rose threw down a vicious two-hand slam against New York on Nov. 4, it was pretty much dubbed the Dunk of the Year (granted it was only a week into the season). That is until the very next night when Wilson Chandler had an amazing reverse dunk against JaVale McGee.
James Harden's coast-to-coast posterization of J.J. Hickson looked like it would be hands-down the best dunk of any second-year player...until a few days later when DeMar DeRozan had an otherworldly slam over Tyrus Thomas.
The top candidates for Dunk of the Year are changing on almost a nightly basis. So take this upcoming list with a grain of salt. Because I'm sure that in a week from now, there will be a few more throwdowns that will warrant serious consideration.
Without further ado, let's jump into the top 25 dunks of the season through Dec. 21 (and I'll do my best to keep it balanced and not have Blake Griffin appear 17 times)...