DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is one of the more explosive leapers in today’s NBA. Attempting to take a charge when he takes flight or trying to block one of his dunks generally doesn’t end well for the defender.
Timofey Mozgov found that out last year.
Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Raptors and Detroit Pistons, it was Kyle Singler who ended up on the wrong end of a highlight when (for some unknown reason) he decided it would be a good idea to jump with DeMar DeRozan. The result was DeRozan dunking all over the former Duke star and an excited broadcast team of Jack Armstrong and Matt Devlin.
At this point, it was already too late to reconsider.
DeAndre Jordan has a limited offensive game, but he has been known to throw down some massive dunks on a regular basis. On Wednesday, he got Serge Ibaka with a huge dunk in the second quarter of the Clippers-Thunder game.
Look at the still on this one. I mean Jordan literally had the upper hand:
If you thought that was good, a few minutes earlier Blake Griffin faked out Russell Westbrook and then dunked hard:
Just when UConn was starting to pull away from Kentucky in the second half of the NCAA Tournament’s National Championship Game, James Young did his best to regenerate some momentum.
The freshman guard threw down just a ridiculous dunk over about half of UConn’s defense to give the Wildcats a much-needed bucket. He even got Amida Brimah to be called for a fourth foul on the play!
Look at what he had to dunk over:
And he still made it happen.
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Adreian Payne may not have won the college slam dunk contest at Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Thursday, but he certainly had the best dunk and celebration of the night.
The Michigan State senior forward brought down the house with a sick double-clutch 360 that was just out of this world. As if his awesome dunk weren’t enough, he topped it off by bowling a strike that knocked down all the human pins.
Try to top that.
Well, Eastern Kentucky’s Marcus Lewis did. He won it all. You might remember Lewis from this ridiculous alley-oop he threw down last season.
But how about this from Payne:
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Paul George provided us with one of the best highlights of Wednesday night’s heavyweight bout between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat when he dunked on LeBron James. George went coast-to-coast in the fourth quarter with Indiana trailing by three and took it right past LeBron for the slam.
The best part about the play? George was mic’d up, so we literally got a chance to hear what it sounds like when LeBron gets dunked on. The Pacers held off the Heat down the stretch and won a defensive struggle by a score of 84-83. We fully expect these two teams to meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Those of you who watched the Wichita State-Kentucky game on Sunday witnessed the best game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament thus far. No. 8 seed Kentucky barely advanced to the Sweet 16 with an upset win over the Shockers in a game that also featured some of the best dunks of the tournament. Cleanthony Early owns the top spot.
Early, a Wichita State senior forward, threw down a one-handed slam over Kentucky’s Willie Cauley Stein late in the first half. He was fouled on the play but somehow finished the dunk, opening up a nine-point lead for Wichita State after completing the three-point play. Here’s another angle:
As we know, the lead would not hold. Wichita State got shafted with their incredibly difficult draw in the Midwest region. Having to play a talented team like Kentucky in the round of 32 after going undefeated in the regular season seems bogus. Plays like Early’s dunk remind us how much of a shame it is that the Shockers were sent home early.
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Nevada guard Deonte Burton threw down a dunk on Wednesday that everyone will still be talking about this summer. The 6-foot-1 senior showed off incredible strength and leaping ability when he went right at Boise State’s Ryan Watkins, a 6-foot-9 forward, and posterized the crap out of him.
Watkins tried to challenge the shot but ended up fouling Burton, who basically went through him and finished with a tomahawk jam. Burton looked like Blake Griffin out there.
Burton, who is averaging close to 20 points per game, doesn’t get many opportunities to showcase his talents while playing for a school like Nevada. That monster slam will certainly catch the eye of an NBA scout or two.
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