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DeAndre Jordan’s alley-oop from Chris Paul may be the dunk of the year (Video)

DeAndre Jordan dunkDeAndre Jordan threw down a powerful alley-oop from Chris Paul Sunday that has him as our front-runner for NBA dunk of the year.

During the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 129-97 beatdown on the Detroit Pistons, Jordan charged down the paint, took a lob from Paul and threw it down with amazing force that knocked would-be defender Brandon Knight to the ground.

The incredibly powerful display caused the Clippers bench players, the fans, and TV announcer Ralph Lawler to lose their minds. Coach Vinny Del Negro even had to hold back Blake Griffin, who was supremely fired up from the bench.

Jordan has thrown down quite a few sick dunks this season, but that tops all of them. His distance from the basket, height on the dunk, and powerful display over Knight all combine to make this one of the best of the season.

Who would have figured that on a team with Griffin and Eric Bledsoe, it might be DeAndre Jordan with the best dunk of the season?

For comparison, below is a list of some of the other best dunks from the season:

Video: Blake Griffin takes crazy alley-oop from Jamal Crawford
Video: Kobe Bryant dunks on two Nets defenders
Video: Eric Bledsoe throws down lob from Chris Paul
Video: Gerald Henderson breaks out the go-go Gadget arms for dunk
Video: Jeff Green jams on Al Jefferson

Jamal Crawford sets Blake Griffin up for sick alley-oop (Video)

Blake Griffin alley oopJamal Crawford decided to have some fun as the Clippers began to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. After the Clippers got a steal, the ball was fed ahead to Crawford who went between his legs and then threw up a pass for a trailing Blake Griffin, who jammed down a sick alley-oop.

Seriously, that’s better than most of the dunks in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Griffin said after the game that he was surprised by what Crawford did.

“I was telling him I had no idea what he was about to do,” he told FOX Sports Prime Ticket. “I thought he was going to throw it off the glass. I saw him toss it up a little bit, so I tried to put something special at the end.”

Crawford had 25 in the win while Griffin had 23, 11, and 11 for his third career triple-double. I think they were just trying to impress Aaron Rodgers, who was sitting courtside next to Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

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Kobe Bryant dunks on two Nets defenders (Video)

Kobe Bryant may be 34 years old, but he still has the athleticism of an 18-year-old.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 92-83 win over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, Bryant noticed the shot clock winding down and decided to drive to the hoop. He went around Gerald Wallace who was guarding him man-to-man, and then dunked on Wallace and Kris Humphries in an electrifying finish.

The dunk was so impressive that even the opposing fans at the Barclays Center cheered in response.

Bryant finished with 21 points in the win, which gives the Lakers 10 straight victories over the Nets. Kobe has actually had some other highlight-reel dunks this season, so this wasn’t his first jaw-dropping moment in the past few months.

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EKU’s Marcus Lewis throws down sick alley-oop off inbounds pass (Video)

Marcus Lewis dunkEastern Kentucky junior guard Marcus Lewis threw down a sick alley-oop off an inbounds pass during his team’s 81-72 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

Lewis caught his defender sleeping and sneaked in down the lane for a monster throw down. He was at least a foot above the rim, and he got up so high that the bottom of his foot was level with a defender’s chin.

Lewis had 10 points in 27 minutes. His dunk was so impressive that one of the team’s assistant coaches, Luke Strege, began promoting it over his Twitter account. He passed it along to various college basketball writers and even tried to get it on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. The play was definitely highlight-reel worthy.

JaVale McGee throws an alley-oop to himself (Video)

JaVale-McGee-self-alley-oopDenver Nuggets center JaVale McGee is one of the most athletic big men in the league. He simply has trouble remaining focused. On Tuesday, Denver coach George Karl ripped McGee and called him lazy. Maybe the message got through, even for just a brief second.

As you can see, McGee threw a pretty alley-oop to himself off the glass in the third quarter of a win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. For those of you who are thinking about the similar stunt he pulled last season with the Washington Wizards that got him benched, this was a bit of a different situation. Unlike that dunk, McGee used the self alley-oop against Houston to shake a couple of defenders. When he was benched, he was all alone on a fast break.

For every beautiful dunk McGee has, he usually responds with a handful of bone-headed mistakes like this pass. Since he had a solid game on Wednesday (14 points on 6 of 7 shooting), perhaps Karl’s best bet would be to rest him for a couple games to recharge his batteries.

SDSU’s Jamaal Franklin throws down incredible self alley-oop (Video)

jamaal franklin dunkSan Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin threw down what may be the dunk of the season in college hoops. The junior guard was dribbling up the court on a fastbreak Wednesday at Fresno State. For some reason, Franklin decided to throw the ball off the backboard. He let his pass go from beyond the 3-point line, split two defenders, and then power-jammed home the ball.

It was an absolutely incredible alley-oop.

“That was just me being myself,” Franklin said of the dunk after the game, via the Associated Press. “A lot of players won’t do that, but I’m real thankful my teammates have confidence in me.”

The Aztecs beat Fresno State 65-62 in their conference opener. Franklin had 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. He leads the team with 17.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

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Eric Bledsoe dunks lob from Chris Paul with crazy power (Video)

eric-bledsoe-dunkEric Bledsoe did his best Blake Griffin impression on Friday night by ferociously throwing down a lob from Chris Paul during the Clippers’ 97-85 win over the Sacramento Kings. The third-year guard got crazy height on his jump, and he went flying through the air to power home the pass from CP3 in the final minute of the game.

Bledsoe only had six points and a horrific seven turnovers in 19 minutes, but his ridiculous dunk is what people will remember. That much height and that much power from a guy who’s only 6-foot-1? If he entered the dunk contest, he could probably put on a show like Nate Robinson. My goodness. Lob City indeed.

Chris Paul tweeted the following after the game:

Let’s also give it up to the Clippers for setting a franchise record with their 12th straight win.