Top dunks of 2013-14: Best of the rest
Welcome to the overflow section for The Point Forward's top 10 dunks of the 2013-14 season.
The following 10 slams didn't make the cut for the official top 10 list, but they were all well-worth another viewing. These are presented in no particular order.
Less heralded than his poster over Ben McLemore, this strong dunk over a leaning Paul Millsap nevertheless ranked among LeBron James' top highlights of the year.
Blake Griffin went flying one direction and Derrick Williams went flying the other direction, almost as if they were a set of windshield wipers. Williams was able to complete the backdoor play with a thunderous finish.
J. R. Smith
A beautiful video game sequence from J.R. Smith in an otherwise challenging season. He froze Anthony Bennett with a crossover dribble sequence, darted baseline, jumped off the wrong foot and finished a rock-the-cradle dunk, all in the blink of an eye.
Paul George over LeBron James
This was the definition of giving LeBron James a taste of his own medicine. Paul George blew by James near the free-throw line, elevated quickly and then threw down an authoritative, swinging two-handed dunk before the back-to-back MVP could recover to block the shot. So fast, so good.
Any NBA coach will tell you: it's imperative to get back in transition against the relentless Suns. Any Slam Dunk Contest viewer will tell you: give Gerald Green a few seconds to set up and he will set YouTube ablaze, as he did with this high-rising uncontested windmill.
Taj Gibson over Bismack Biyombo
Taj Gibson looks like electricity is running through his body as he finishes the low-post poster over the long-armed Bismack Biyombo.
Victor Oladipo never wastes a chance to hurtle through time and space like an asteroid. Here, he makes a beeline for the hoop to finish a two-handed transition dunk over Gerald Henderson, who can certainly get up himself. The full swing on the rim underscores Oladipo's crazy speed.
Forwards or backwards, Chris Bosh wasn't going to be able to stop Josh Smith from throwing this one down in transition. For the record, Bosh chose backwards, creating a very memorable poster-ready moment as Smith climbed his back for the lefty flush.
Lanky met stubby when Anthony Davis used his off-the-charts wingspan to finish with force over the vertically-challenged, horizontally-inclined Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
This Russell Westbrook dunk sneaks onto the list because his knee injuries have been such a drag. It's so nice to get a little Westbrook-generated excitement back in our lives, and this fourth-quarter steal/two-handed reverse-dunk sequence in a recent Thunder victory over the Spurs was exhilarating. His double-clutch form was textbook too.