Chris Andersen’s Top 10 Plays As A Nugget

By: 07.18.12

What you might remember most about Andersen’s dunking was that he barely could when the lights were on. That 2005 Dunk Contest during his Hornet days, where he took numerous tries to put home a half-court toss attempt, was brutal. It’s one of the worst performances for good reason. Still, he’s one of the best dunking big men since 2000, and I’m limiting this to in-game dunks when he didn’t have to worry about artistry, just power.

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5. For not getting much of a run, Andersen could slam on dudes from outside the charge circle, as Nenad Krstic discovered here. Seriously, that’s damn impressive off just a pick-and-roll and two steps, tops.

4. Andris Biedrins gets hung out to dry after the dump-off pass finds Andersen going baseline.

3. Andersen had/has crazy bounce, and he’d catch guys napping on putbacks. This time, it was the Kings.

2. Have you ever seen a big man dribble from half court at full speed? Nine times out of 10, it’s not pretty. This is the one exception, coming against Boston. I don’t fully believe Boston’s D thought he’d go through with going through their chests for the dunk.

1. The Kings get served up by another Andersen dunk, which is his best by my money because of the seemingly impromptu reverse. Not that Andersen seemed like the player who thought out much of what he was about to do, but this one seemed purely off the cuff.

Should he have been given the amnesty treatment by Denver?

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