Tag:dunks
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:26 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Video: NBA All-Star Game CP3 off glass to KD

By Matt Moore 

Kevin Durant called for Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Derrick Rose to participate in the All-Star Dunk Contest. But after this one from CP3 off the glass, we're not sure he shouldn't give it a go. Then again, everyone looks awesome getting passes from CP3. 

 

That's a bad man. 

KD on pace for All-Star MVP honors.
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Tyreke Evans posterizes Neal into the next galaxy

Get out of the way, Gary! For God's sake, get out of the way!
Posted by Matt Moore

I... I mean... He just... He... Poor Gary Neal was just trying to... I thought Reke didn't have his legs back... I mean... 

Just watch. 



Murder was the case that they gave him. 

The Kings would wind up losing by moderate double-digits to the Spurs, but that's a highlight that will stick in the memory. And a reminder that Evans is a huge part of this team's future. With Thornton, Cousins, and a high draft pick, the Kings aren't a lock to be terrible down the line, wherever they end up. 

I can't stop watching it. It's like a horror film. 

Get out of the way, Gary! Get out of the way!

(HT: Jose3030)
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:59 am
 

Dunkometer Update: Dwight running away

An update on the top dunkers, statistically, in the league. 
Posted by Matt Moore


Year to Date
Rank Player Pos Team Dunks
1 Dwight Howard C ORL 207
2 Blake Griffin PF LAC 179
3 DeAndre Jordan C LAC 142
4 LaMarcus Aldridge PF POR 130
5 JaVale McGee C WAS 123
6 Kevin Durant SF OKC 110
7 Amar'e Stoudemire PF NY 110
8 Tyson Chandler C DAL 109
9 Nene C DEN 98
10 Kris Humphries PF NJ 93


This is the top ten of the Dunk-O-Meter we run here on CBSSports.com as of Thursday morning.  
Some notes:
  • Dwight Howard has not only reclaimed the lead after an early season surge by Blake Griffin and a mid-season push by LaMarcus Aldridge, but has a dominant 28 dunk lead on the Rookie of the Year (we're just going to go ahead and call him that, since we all know it's inevitable).
  • It's interesting that there are two Clips on this list, back to back in the top three. Especially considering the presence of Chris Kaman limiting Jordan's minutes. 321 dunks this season for Griffin and Jordan combined, that's 12 percent of all Clippers field goals this season. That's pretty amazing, and shows you how far Jordan's come and why the Clippers need to make sure he returns. 
  • LaMarcus Aldridge in fourth is kind of surprising to anyone who isn't a Blazers fan. To Blazers fans, it makes total sense. It would be interesting to see how many of these come off of alley-oops to compare. It's expected that the presence of Andre Miller's dulcet lobs would put Aldridge in first, but given how many Dwight gets, it's probably close. 
  • Kevin Durant in sixth is just as shocking, considering he's a perimeter wing. 
  • Amar'e Stoudemire is too low on this list, and probably needs to be creating more dunks as high percentage shots in his offense. Not by much, he's only 13 behind McGee for fifth, but it's worth noting. 
  • How about Kris Humphries? Very quietly, Humphries has a had a great season for the Nets, and him being on this list is pretty impressive with the kind of talent the Nets have. 

Dunks don't mean success, they don't mean production, they're fun and great for highlights. But they are high percentage shots and it does take a certain skill set to create them. It shows achievement, even if that achievement isn't indicative of success. Four of the players in the top ten are on lottery teams, six are on playoff squads. 

None are on a seed higher than four as of this writing.



Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Video: The top 10 dunks from January

Posted by Royce Young

January had some really, really good dunks. Example: How in the heck is Rudy Gay's awesome stuff against the 76ers only six on this top 10? Because there are five dunks better than it.

I really think Ronnie Brewer's cram is my favorite of the bunch. Jumping off two feet after a jump-stop to dunk over someone 6-10 is just really impressive.

And as you might have guessed, there's some Blake Griffin in this. The big question is, how is DeAndre Jordan's dunk against Milwaukee not included?

Category: NBA
Tags: Dunks, Video
 
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:58 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Griffin wants in; who could be dunking in L.A.?

Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin has pretty much taken over the NBA over the first couple months of the season. Every night people just wait for his latest highlight. So naturally it seems like he's a perfect fit for the dunk contest in Los Angeles during All-Star Weekend.

He's got the buzz around him, he's got the dunking ability and he's got the game in his team's hometown of Los Angeles.

Griffin has already said he'd be interested. "That would be cool," Griffin told NBA.com. "If it's something that the league wants me to do, I'll probably try to do it." According Chris Tomasson of FanHouse via Twitter, Griffin hasn't heard anything yet from the league. But if he's truly willing, you can pretty much guarantee he'll be there.

Another high-flyer that doesn't garner near as much attention is Indiana's Josh McRoberts. If you've been paying attention this season -- really close attention that is -- you'd have seen a few pretty terrific aerial manuevers from McRoberts. So McRoberts is firing up a little video campaign to try and get in.

Assuming Nate Robinson doesn't try and enter and ruin the dunk contest again, who else could be a candidate? Griffin is a lock, McRoberts is a long-shot unless he puts together some kind of award-winning video. Here's five others that could get consideration.

1. DeMar DeRozan:
He got in last year during the "Dunk Off" in Dallas, but didn't seem totally prepared for the contest. The guy can absolute finish with the best of them as showcased with his cram against Charlotte. Given the opportunity, I'm sure DeRozan wouldn't disappoint again. He's a power finisher with a bit of Vince Carter style mixed in.

2. Russell Westbrook:
Westbrook is a candidate a lot of people are mentioning and he's said he could possibly be interested. He was part of a fan vote his rookie season but lost out to Rudy Fernandez. Westbrook though said while he'd think about it this year, he doesn't know if he'd do it because he admitted he's not a great contest dunker. Which is true. Westbrook is one of the premier in-game dunkers out there, but I don't know how much flash he'd be able to come up with if he doesn't have Shane Battier standing there to dunk over.

3. Eric Gordon: The loser in last year's "Dunk Off" to DeRozan, Gordon is one of those inconspicuous dunkers. He doesn't look like he'd have the abilty to rise and finish, but he absolutely has some hops. He's a sentimental favorite since the contest is in Los Angeles, but Griffin's inclusion might snub him. Still, he'll at least be considered.

4. Derrick Rose: Last year, Rose was rumored to potentially be in, until bowing out of consideration. But I'm tossing him in here because he would be a really interesting competitor in it. He's a straight line player and while he looks flashy, he doesn't play with a ton of flash. But everything he does has a little extra accent on it, so even a standard two hand jam from him would look a little cooler than everyone else's.

5. Shannon Brown: Brown's performance last year was a pretty large disappointment. A viral fan movement is what got him included in the first place but once he was there it was like he didn't know what to do. He almost looked scared to really bust anything out. I think he needs another shot. Now that he's been in it and knows what to expect, I feel like he would blow us away. His leaping ability is downright scary and of course there's the natural inclination to put him in because he's a Laker and this is in, you know, Los Angeles.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Video: Russell Westbrook says hi to Shane Battier

Posted by Royce Young

Here's Russell Westbrook. He's 6'4, athletic, really fast and likes to dunk all the time. Did I mention he's a point guard ? And here's Shane Battier. He's the charge-taking, no-stats-All-Starring, glue guy that plays great defense and does little things.

What happens when they meet in the lane? One flies through the air like a missle headed for a small city and the other just has to watch it. Observe:



The irony of Westbrook's massive cramjob is that Battier, in very Battier-like fashion, turned around and hit three crucial 3-pointers for the Rockets almost immediately after. Battier has been struggling from deep on the season, but went 4-6 for Houston Sunday to really key the Rockets 99-98 win over the Thunder.

So he may have been abused both physicaly and emotionally by Westbrook, but Battier responded. Typical. I'm sure Dick Vitale is somewhere nodding right now.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Derrick Rose is a good dunker

Posted by Royce Young

Some players just seem to have a certain flash to their dunks. They are in principle, normal dunks. Two hands, throwing the ball through the hoop. But take Derrick Rose for example. He just adds something to his. They are a little flashier, a little louder and a little more fun to watch. For instance, this massive two-handed stuff against the Knicks Thursday night.



Watching Derrick Rose dunk is like watching Ken Griffey Jr. hit home runs in 1995. It produces the same result as others, but it's just so smooth and cool. My mom says that's what it's like to watch me write too. I'm not sure that's the best analogy though.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:33 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 12:53 pm
 

You Got Dunked Off: Rodney Stuckey

Every night there are spectacular slams in the NBA. And twice as often, there are dunks that would have been amazing if they had, you know, made the dunk. "You Got Dunked Off" profiles the best missed dunks in the league.
Posted by Matt Moore


Rodney Stuckey, the ultimate tease. Kris Humphries, always tries hard. When their forces collide...okay, not much happens. But it almost looks really cool while it happens!



So close, Stuck. So close.
 
 
 
 
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