The Real Top 10 Alley-Oops In NBA History

By: 09.08.11  •  23 Comments

4. Shawn Kemp over ‘Zo
As virtually any basketball fan knows, any discussion of dunking needs to include the GP-Reign Man combo. They might have connected for more alley-oops than any duo ever. If only we had stats for this sort of thing. Kemp has some classics, but none more so than this monster (the final dunk in the video). Right over Alonzo Mourning, the pass is perfect, the finish is perfect and the reaction is better than any of it. Kevin Calabro sings one of his greatest lines ever on top of it.


3. Vince Carter spike dunk
Watch that video. Now watch where he caught it. Now watch how hard he dunked it. Now shake your head incessantly. There are no words to describe this. Only actions.


2. Michael Jordan over Patrick Ewing (#5 on the video)
Mark Jackson told the best story you could tell after this one. Don’t bring your family to town when Chicago is playing, he said once. You don’t want to get embarrassed. Lesson learned, Mark.


1. J.R. Smith 360
It’s hard for me to really pin this play as the single greatest alley-oop ever for a couple of reasons. Normally, “greatest ever” means something meaningful or legendary – a highlight that will still get play even 30-40 years from now. This alley-oop was in the dead of winter against perhaps the worst team in the league. No one truly cared about it then (besides the diehards) and 15 years from now, will people even remember it?

But Smith did 360 it, and he did do it in an actual NBA game and he did make it look like this was a TFB tour stop. VC’s had a few 180 lobs, but I’ve never seen someone actually 360 a pass in a game before.

What do you think? Any I missed?

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