Zion Williamson remains the best show in college basketball.
The Duke freshman threw down a monster dunk in the first half of the Blue Devils’ game against Virginia on Saturday. He grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast before throwing down:
ZION. YIKES. pic.twitter.com/G32N7cK7U8
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 19, 2019
Not only was his ability to press ahead on the fastbreak impressive, but he also got fouled hard on the arm and still managed to stuff it down hard.
Williamson entered the game averaging 21.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 2.0 steals per game all while shooting 66.2 percent from the field. He’s a monster.
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James Harden made a statement early in the Houston Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Harden blew past Lonzo Ball around the 3-point line and then drove to the hoop for a huge dunk on JaVale McGee:
Jaames Harden dunks on Javale McGee and flexes pic.twitter.com/uzbLVVbxAN
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 14, 2018
Harden knew he had delivered a big play because he even flexed afterwards.
Houston is only 12-14 on the season and needs to start turning things around. Maybe plays like that will help them build momentum.
The Houston Rockets came alive in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, and nothing made that statement louder than James Harden’s dunk on Draymond Green.
Midway through the second quarter, Harden blew threw the Warriors’ defense and then jammed on Green, who came over to try and make a play. Here’s a look at it.
RIP Draymond, damn James Harden pic.twitter.com/DpneYYmm4Q
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 23, 2018
It was a statement dunk and one that had some calling it the best of Harden’s career. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the big dunk.
Joel Embiid unloaded a statement dunk in Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ series with the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Late in the second quarter, Embiid took a sweet pass from Ben Simmons and went up for a huge dunk all over Aron Baynes:
VIDEO: Joel Embiid Poster Dunk on Aron Baynes pic.twitter.com/BjkBbixTOg
— 3030 (@jose3030) May 5, 2018
That dunk gave Philly a 44-43 lead in the second quarter. They carried that momentum into halftime with a 51-48 lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added to his career highlight reel with an insane dunk on Tuesday.
During the third quarter of the Bucks’ game against the Knicks, Khris Middleton threw an alley-oop to Antetokounmpo, who jumped completely over Tim Hardaway Jr. to finish the play. Take a look at the Greek Freak’s incredible athleticism.
The Greek Freak jumps OVER Hardaway Jr!! pic.twitter.com/auLCHgf79v
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2018
Here’s a view from a different angle.
— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2018
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Blake Griffin lit things up on Tuesday with another one of his amazing dunks.
In the first quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz, Griffin went hard to the basket and slammed on Rudy Gobert with what may have been his best dunk since the one on Mozgov.
— NBA (@NBA) October 25, 2017
It wasn’t just the way he dunked that was awesome; it was how Griffin just hung on the rim like a boss that also stood out. The comparisons to the infamous Prince sketch from “Chappelle’s Show” came right away — for good reason:
Atlanta is excited about rookie John Collins, whom the Hawks drafted No. 19 overall. Collins is a big man, and he played in the post during his two years at Wake Forest, but he has the athleticism to play with wings.
That athleticism was fully on display Wednesday afternoon at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Collins took a pass from the top of the key, charged to the basket, and posterized New Orleans’ Cheick Diallo and Keith Benson.
Have a look at the monster flush below:
JOHN COLLINS WE ARE NOT WORTHY!!! ? pic.twitter.com/3urJblnWfo
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 12, 2017
Talk about having springs for legs. The Hawks lost, 105-95, but Collins was a bright spot. He scored 25 points, shot 11-for-15 (!) from the field and snatched nine rebounds. Last year for the Demon Deacons, Collins averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was named first team All-ACC.
Though Collins fell out of the lottery, some analysts are speculating he can be an immediate-impact guy for the Hawks.
Not to get carried away following one dunk, but … can we please have Collins in the 2018 Dunk Contest?