Starting off from this past Saturday, we take a look at the top 10 dunks of the week, capped off by one of the most creative alley-oop slams in recent history.
10. Jan Vesely sends home the alley-oop vs. Minnesota
Even Jan Vesely can have his moments, and this may be the best moment of what has been a disappointing start to his career.
He effectively runs a perfect fast break, initiating it with a steal, passing it off to a ballhandler and then finishing over Corey Brewer. This usually doesn’t happen, in case you were wondering if you were missing out on dunk contests in Washington.
9. Jeff Green two-hands it against the Spurs
As the commentators say in the video, Jeff Green is due at least one highlight per game. He’s an extremely athletic, extremely strong forward who isn’t afraid to attack the rim, leading to plays like this against San Antonio.
The Celtics could use any source of inspiration these days. Green’s athleticism seems to be the only reason to be interested, unless you happen to be a big Vitor Faverani fan.
8. Gerald Green rises up against the Kings
David Blaine has entire hour-long shows about levitating? Gerald Green does it every time he leaves the ground.
As he shows in this dunk against Sacramento, Green’s ability to rise up seems borderline effortless. He rises up like a feather being blown upwards by a vent. He’s able to rise up so quickly and suddenly that defenders, as in DeMarcus Cousins‘ case here, can’t get out of the way fast enough.
Gerald Green is a special kind of athlete, and it’s surprising that he was without an NBA job for two seasons. Yeah he shot 34 percent in 2008, but his vertical, though! You would assume he would have kept a job for his highlights alone, which is what appears to be the case with Utah and Jeremy Evans.
7. Gerald Henderson alley-oop off the inbound vs. the Bulls
New rule: Anytime a big play happens, don’t upload the video that features the commentators of the team it occurs against.
Chicago’s announcers don’t do Gerald Henderson’s huge inbounds slam justice. The fact that it even occurred against a team as stout on defense as Chicago is difficult enough, but Henderson was able to free himself of Kirk Hinrich to get to the ball as it reached its apex.
Nobody notices because it’s in Charlotte, but Henderson is a sneaky-good athlete who can rise up with the best of them.
6. Amar’e Stoudemire posterizes Luigi Datome
Amar’e hit us with looks of the vintage Amar’e with this huge dunk over the Pistons’ Luigi Datome.
However, Stoudemire will be remembered for his defense that replicated a 2K character when the controller disconnects.
Physically, Amar’e still has a long way to go if he ever wants to return to All-Star status. Mentally, however, there’s no excuse for what we just witnessed.
5. Nicolas Batum dunks on Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas is only averaging 27 minutes of playing time per game this season, despite putting up 12.1 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes. He probably would have preferred to have been benched to avoid this full-on posterization at the hands of the athletic, rangy Nicolas Batum.
4. LeBron James dunks in the reverse vs. Orlando
LeBron James can still do some impressive acts for someone who has been complaining about back spasms since the start of the preseason. Not only is he throwing down reverse dunks like this, he’s also shooting 60 percent from the field. Imagine him when healthy.
3. Ben McLemore dunks on the Suns
Although Ben McLemore is stuck in the NBA purgatory that is Sacramento, he was still able to find a way onto highlight reels everywhere with this quick-rising slam over a pair of Phoenix Sun defenders.
The 6-5 rookie has struggled out of the gate, only shooting 39 percent from the field, but his athleticism has certainly not hindered him in the slightest.
2. Shaun Livingston dunks on Robin Lopez
Shaun Livingston is dunking? I’m surprised he can still walk after the injury that caused viewers to physically wretch in disgust: a knee that was not where a knee is supposed to be.
Livingston has been one of the few bright spots in Brooklyn’s early season mess. The former No. 4 pick is coming off the bench to average a career-high 9.5 points per game on 51 percent shooting to go along with 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per.
Had injuries not played such a heavy role throughout his career, Robin Lopez wouldn’t feel as embarrassed that he was dunked on by someone who only had one knee for nearly a year.
1. Andre Drummond throws down the off-the-glass alley-oop vs. the Lakers
As expected, the Detroit Pistons have been extremely frustrating to watch. There’s talent littered throughout the roster, especially in the starting frontcourt, yet there’s no cohesion anywhere, evidenced by the 4-7 start.
But because there is talent, we sometimes get to see it put on full display. Taking the top spot in the top 10 dunks of the week is this thunderous slam by living and breathing titan Andre Drummond off a pinpoint pass from Brandon Jennings off the glass on a two-on-two fast break.
Watching Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake idly stand by as Drummond nearly tears down their rim caps it off.
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