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The NBA’s 10 Best Dunks Of The Week

An NBA player did something this week that hasn’t been seen in over a decade and was previously performed by the league’s greatest dunker in a Slam Dunk Contest.

So, yeah, it was a good week for dunks, especially when the rest of the dunks consist of unlikely posters from unlikely names, including an act of vengeance from a certain Washington Wizards guard.
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10. DeMar DeRozan glides in for the dunk against Milwaukee
At least Milwaukee is making it onto a top ten, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons.

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who has been playing excellent ball since the trade of Rudy Gay, nearly goes coast-to-coast as he strides unimpeded for the dunk against a Bucks defense that wanted nothing to do with the possible first-time All-Star.

9. Blake Griffin slams in the alley-oop against New York
It just wouldn’t be a weekly top ten without Blake Griffin earning himself a spot. While he may not have ended the career of any helpless defender this time around, he still demoralized his opponent with a rim-shattering dunk.

Also, I’m not sure how, but Blake Griffin only seems to be gradually gaining athleticism. I’m not one to argue, though.

8. Victor Oladipo dunks over Gerald Henderson
Victor Oladipo could have swung into the front row had he let go of the rim after dunking on Gerald Henderson, who unwisely went up late with the Magic’s rookie guard.

7. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James hook up for the long alley-oop
“Down by 30 in the second quarter? Seems like the right time to belt out this 70-foot alley-oop.”

This was a thought conceived and executed by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Even when they’re at their worst, underneath it all they’re still entertainers, and good ones at that.

6. Ramon Sessions dunks over the trailing LeBron James
Not every day do you see a player get the best of LeBron James on a dunk, but the 6-3 Ramon Sessions? Unexpected to say the least.

Consider this another case of the Miami Heat bringing out the best in their opponents. As good a driver as Ramon has been this year, he hasn’t exactly put the fear of God into his opponents when it comes to being on the opposite end of a poster.

5. James Harden cocks back and dunks on Serge Ibaka
Man, James Harden dunked on Serge Ibaka like he didn’t even know him.

Then again, it looks like Harden doesn’t even see Ibaka. The Thunder forward comes into the picture late, realizes his mistake, and then pulls his arm back after seeing he didn’t stand a chance blocking his former teammate.

4. J.J. Hickson dunks on Derrick Favors
Derrick, if you’re going to attempt to stop J.J. Hickson from dunking, you’re going to have to do a little more than the effort that was given here.

J.J. is an incredible athlete at his size, yet Favors foolishly tries to limit Hickson by only taking away one of his arms, allowing J.J. to use the only arm he needed to finish with authority.

3. Tony Wroten dunks all over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
A year after being traded from a Memphis team where he averaged 2.6 points and played 35 games, Tony Wroten is averaging 13 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as Philadelphia’s backup point guard.

He’s also started 11 games in the absence of Carter-Williams, making history when he recorded a triple-double in the first start of his career.

Now that we got introductions out of the way, here he is dunking on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

2. John Wall gets revenge over Greg Monroe
Only a few weeks after Greg Monroe put John Wall on his highlight reel, Wall returns the favor, even going as far as besting the fast-break dunk Monroe had earlier this year.

Wall, arguably the greatest athlete at his position, went with the left hand to avoid the block, as well as needing only a step to gain the hops to get over the top of his 6-10 defender.

1. Paul George unleashes the windmill 360
No comment necessary. Dunk of the year until further notice.

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