By Ben Golliver
With 4:32 remaining in the second quarter and the Clippers leading 55-36, Jordan cut down the middle of the court freely, taking off from the middle of the paint as Chris Paul lofted an alley-oop pass in from the right wing. Knight attempted to rotate over from the weakside corner to defend the play, but the eight-inch height disparity between the two players proved to be a significant problem. Jordan caught the ball and stretched the ball back in mid-air, spiking the ball over a helpless Knight, who wound up flat on the ground after Jordan's follow-through, which even included a little leg kick action for good measure. Jordan's head is at rim level as he prepares to drop the hammer, adding to the devastating effect.
This dunk marks Jordan's strongest entry into the “Dunk of the Year” conversation, which also includes: Kobe Bryant over Josh Smith, Kobe Bryant over Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Greg Monroe; DeMar DeRozan over Timofey Mozgov; Nick Young over Larry Sanders; Kevin Durant over Marcin Gortat; Gerald Henderson over Dwight Howard; Byron Mullens over LaMarcus Aldridge; Jeff Green over Al Jefferson; and Harrison Barnes over Nikola Pekovic.