Top 10 Dunks of the 2011 NBA Season
With only a handful of games left in the NBA season, the time seemed right to look back on the 10 best in-game dunks.
I should point out that to spread the wealth, players can only appear on this list one time. Realistically, I could have made this list with only Blake Griffin or Derrick Rose dunks, but I was looking for a little variety.
Also, it's a long season, so there is bound to be some dunks that I missed. Feel free to leave me a comment on dunks that I should have included.
Now Dipsy-Do Dunk-A-Roo!!, Up High and Down Hard!, let the dunking commence.
10. DeAndre Jordan Embarrasses John Brockman
The forgotten dunker on the Clippers, DeAndre Jordan's dunks are often overshadowed by the exploits of Blake Griffin.
This dunk just cracks the list because it reminded me of Scottie Pippen's famous dunk over Patrick Ewing. Brockman grabs DeAndre's jersey to help brace his fall and gets shoved off and stepped over just like Pippen did to Ewing.
Also, I've got to give him credit for coming down the floor and taking a charge from Brockman, which allowed for a quick replay of his monster jam.
9. Bill Walker Puts Andrew Bogut on a Poster
Bill "Sky" Walker just earned his nickname with that dunk. As the announcer points out, that's pretty impressive for a guy who's had multiple knee surgeries.
If you've got some time, look up "Bill Walker posterizes Andrew Bogut". It's a slow motion version of this video, and Walker has the most ferocious look on his face while he's in midair; it's fantastic.
8. Russell Westbrook with Authority
This video features the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook dunking on Shane Battier, and let's be honest, everyone loves seeing a former Dukie get dunked on.
What I really loved about this dunk is that as soon as Westbrook receives the pass behind the three-point line, you can see that he's taking it full force to the hole.
If you look in the background on the right side at around the 16-18 second mark, you can see Battier smiling like "Yeah, I just got dominated."
7. Christian Eyenga Wants You to Remember His Name
I'll admit I had never heard of Christian Eyenga before this play, and I imagine most of you hadn't either.
I love this dunk because not only does he blow by Kobe on the baseline, he then throws down a vicious slam on Paul Gasol's dome.
6. Andre Iguodala Climbs the Ladder
As a Sixers fan, I may be a bit biased, but I think Iguodala is one of the best dunkers in the entire NBA, so it was inevitable that he would find his way onto this list.
He had another dunk this year against the Bobcats, where the defender actually took both hands and pushed Iguodala away from the rim, but it still wasn't enough to stop Andre's momentum. But it wasn't as fierce, so I decided to go with a different jam.
For this dunk, he runs the length of the court and rises up over Brian Cardinal.
I love how Cardinal looks to take the charge and then decides to just fall backwards before Iggy even touches him. Also, if you listen closely around the 10 second mark, you can hear someone take the Lord's name in vain due to the ridiculousness of the dunk.
5. Derrick Rose for MVD: Most Valuable Dunker
I was watching this game live, and I literally jumped out of my seat.
There are probably going to be some people who would have used the dunk where Rose caught an alley-oop with one hand and threw down a sick jam. If you wanna check it out, just look up "Derrick Rose amazing alley-oop dunk vs Detroit Pistons".
Either way, Rose has his spot on this list and will likely be on any best dunk list for years to come.
4. Dwyane Wade Turns on Beast Mode
If your gonna refer to Miami as the Heatles, then this would be named after their hit "Get Back", cause Dwyane Wade is coming through.
He even welcomed Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder by bringing some thunder down on his head.
I considered docking him some points for doing the cabbage patch, but he was probably so hyped from throwing that dunk down that he didn't even realize it, so I gave him a pass on that one.
3 JR Smith Does His Best Superman Impression
I love the line from Kevin Harlan, "We just saw a man fly!"
Smith brings it all the way up court, crosses over his man at the three-point line and proceeds to use George Hill as a step ladder to go even higher.
While not quite as impressive, it's reminiscent of Tom Chambers getting that little extra boost from his defender and almost hitting his head on the rim.
2. Shannon Brown Says It's Showtime in LA
While only a week old, this is the dunk that got me interested in doing this list.
The way Brown cocks the ball back in his right hand, then switches it over to his left and throws it down one-handed, is really amazing.
I don't know what it is, and I imagine some people will think that this jam is too high on the list, but I really love this dunk.
#1-Blake Griffin Owns the Knicks
I know I sort of gave it away by putting his picture as the lead-in, but I doubt most people would have been surprised anyway.
If you were taking the season as a whole, he has probably had the largest number of entertaining dunks, and I'm not even counting the Dunk Contest.
I also gave him the special privilege of having a clip that includes all three of his dunks against the New York Knicks
Poor Timothy Mozgov will forever be remembered as the stiff who Griffin posterized not once, or twice, but three times all in a single game.