The very best dunks -- as we'll see in a moment -- usually involve someone getting posterized in the process. On Russell's first dunk of the season, however, his main opposition at the rim never even got into position. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie was able to find the baseline and throw one down -- although it came in a losing effort against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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A Beal steal ends in a real-deal dunk
Defense can turn into offense in a hurry in the NBA, as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal demonstrated as he got out onto a one-man fast break after forcing a turnover. And just for good measure, Beal got a little fancy, going to the reverse slam in the open court.
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If you reach, Kristaps Porzingis will teach
Okay, this kind of dunk isn't fair. Porzingis is a very large man. Yet when Nerlens Noel (we promise, we're not trying to pick on Noel) reached to attempt a steal as the Knicks rookie big man goes around him, Porzingis continued right to the rim for a massive two-handed smash.
Marcus Morris revives a lost art
Offensive rebounding isn't as important as it used to be. A lot of teams sacrifice hitting the glass after their own misses in order to get back and prevent transition opportunities. But when an opportunity like this one presents itself, you have to take advantage. Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris read the miss perfect and made his way to the rim unabated for a spectacular put-back jam.
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Lob City adds a degree of difficulty
We long ago lost track of how many alley-oops Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have connected on over the years. It's kind of a routine thing these days. So they might as well try to spice things up every now and again, such as with this reverse-alley-oop from Griffin to Jordan. They just make it look so easy.
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Rudy Gobert is an unstoppable force
The Utah Jazz are going to miss Gobert during his recovery from a knee injury, and this clip nicely sums up why. On offense, Gobert and Gordon Hayward combined for a monstrous alley-oop, with Gobert making a one-handed catch and throwing it down in one smooth motion. Then he followed it up with a swat on the other end. Get well soon, Rudy.
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Why isn't every inbounds play this good?
The Portland Trail Blazers didn't need to run a play that took less than a second off the clock. There was plenty of time. But we're glad that they did, because this alley-oop over the backboard to Al-Farouq Aminu was one of the best out-of-bounds plays we've ever seen.
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Hassan Whiteside brought his hammer to work
Watch Dwyane Wade's eyes in this clip, particularly on the replay. He knows that he's going to his big man the whole time. Unfortunately for the Oklahoma City Thunder, they weren't quite as aware of what was coming from this Miami Heat duo. That lob looks way too high for anyone to catch, then Whiteside goes up and gets it. What a play.
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Gerald Green doubles down
When Green catches the ball on the perimeter, defenders better be ready to stay in front of him immediately. Because the Miami Heat guard has his eyes on the rim no matter where he is. And if you close out poorly, or if you hesitate in getting into your defensive stance, Green is going right past you. And if your rim-protectors aren't ready, he's going to destroy the basket, as he did against the Cavaliers. Twice.
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Jeff Green ends a game with authority
If there's less than a second left on the clock in a tied game, a team doesn't have very many options. A gorgeous lob from the opposite sideline to a streaking Green is a pretty good one, though. There were prettier and more ferocious dunks on this list. But this one earned the Memphis Grizzlies a win. And it doesn't get any better than that.