LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the 10 Best Alley-Oop Pairings in the NBA
On Saturday in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, we all were treated to impressive dunks that shook the rim and, in the words of Darryl Dawkins, "rattled somebody's balls."
On Sunday in the All-Star game, we all were treated to a plethora of alley-oops and thunderous dunks, including connections made between Miami Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
So it got us at Bleacher Report thinking: Who are the top 10 alley-oop pairings in the NBA right now?
10. Steve Nash to Hakim Warrick
Hakim Warrick has always had mad hops.
All he needed was the opportunity to play big minutes in an uptempo system.
With Steve Nash setting him up on the break, Warrick has showcased his length and athleticism on numerous occasions this season.
It's certainly not the connection Nash exhibited with Amar'e Stoudemire when he was with the team, but when you regularly execute reverse alley-oops, that gets you into the top 10.
9. Jason Kidd to Tyson Chandler
It seems like whatever big man is around Jason Kidd, he becomes the fortunate owner of a collection of alley oops.
Tyson Chandler is no different.
If you can ignore what the commentator says at the beginning of this clip (goes for the what?), you'll notice Chandler soaring for an emphatic two-handed slam.
8. Chris Paul to Emeka Okafor
Great point guards have a way of rewarding their fellow teammates if their teammates simply roll to the hoop.
Chris Paul awarded Emeka Okafor quite nicely in this clip, and he's been connecting with the big man for a while now.
Paul has also been known to connect with forward David West, but not quite so emphatically.
7. Russell Westbrook to Kevin Durant
When two All-Stars are on the same team, with one being a good point guard and another being one of the elite players in the league, something fun is bound to happen.
Of course, this came against my Golden State Warriors, who seem to always bear the brunt of full-on posterizations (did I just make up a word?).
6. Mike Bibby to Josh Smith
Point guard Mike Bibby has been around the league for a while now, and while he doesn't have the same legs he used to have, he hasn't forgotten how to lob a pass up for the slam.
Teammate Josh Smith won't forget how to dunk a basketball probably until he's 40.
5. Raymond Felton to Amar'e Stoudemire
Raymond Felton has proven to be a capable point guard in this league.
Amar'e Stoudemire is an athletic freak of nature.
When the two get together, not many words are exchanged, but there's no doubt a connection made.
4. John Wall to JaVale McGee
The only thing that would make this energetic connection better is if John Wall did the "Dougie" every time an alley-oop was thrown.
The athleticism of JaVale McGee is up there with Blake Griffin.
Rising point guard plus NBA Slam Dunk Contest runner-up equals scary.
Ashton Kutcher never saw it coming...
3. Jameer Nelson to Dwight Howard
When a point guard has someone who proclaimed himself "Superman" in the dunk contest to throw the ball to, it leads to many high-flying affairs.
Dwight Howard may have a Kryptonite, but defenders of the lob everywhere haven't discovered it yet.
Ah, the music of this vid takes me back to my rapping days...
2. Dwyane Wade to LeBron James
When you have two guys as athletic as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are, it's bound to spell catastrophe for opposing teams on multiple occasions.
We've all seen the 90-foot alley-oop from Wade to James. Here's another to whet your appetite.
A force for years to come.
1. Baron Davis to Blake Griffin
Baron Davis has been knocked for several things in his career, but being unable to throw a streetball-style alley-oop hasn't been one of them.
As a Warriors fan, I had the pleasure of seeing B-Diddy connect with Jason Richardson countless times during the miraculous 2007 season (including in the magical first round of the playoffs, I might add).
That connection was absolutely dynamic.
But this one, between Davis and NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Blake Griffin, surpasses them all.
Youtube "baron davis blake griffin alley oop" and admire for hours folks.
In just one year together, the pair has become nearly unstoppable above the rim.