Blake Griffin’s beastly dunk over Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins got my mind racing about the best dunks in Mavs history.
Then I had to adjust it to the best dunks of modern-day Mavs history. Hey, my memory is foggy and YouTube is lacking on dunk footage from the Reunion Rowdy days.
Dunks victimizing Mavericks don’t count in this conversation, so don’t bother bringing up Tracy McGrady rocking Shawn Bradley into retirement or Kevin Durant dropping Brendan Haywood off on the 10th floor. Only dunks by Dallas players were considered.
With some help from my Twitter followers, I put together a six-pack of sick Mavs slams with accompanying YouTube links.
Yao-zers: Who cares about a one-foot height disadvantage? Not Michael Finley, who punched it hard on Yao Ming’s head after catching Cuttino Mobley cheating on a pick.
Vintage Vinsanity: Half Man, Half Amazing still has it in him. He left no doubt about that a couple of weeks into his Dallas tenure, driving baseline by New Orleans’ Marco Belinelli and putting big man Emeka Okafor on a poster.
Delivering on the Mailman: Finley slashed past three Jazz defenders, took off at the charge circle and threw down a tomahawk in Hall of Famer Karl Malone’s face. (Clip is about 25 seconds into the highlight package after a couple of Finley dunks on the Mavs while wearing a Spurs uniform.)
Take Dat Wit Chu!: Guest color commentator Dirk Nowitzki’s classic call became part of Mavs’ lore, but Tyson Chandler’s dunk stands on its own. It was the most memorable of Chandler’s many alley-oop finishes on lobs from Jason Kidd in the big man’s lone season with the Mavs. Chandler soared over a pair of Raptors for the ferocious two-handed finish on a pick-and-roll.
JET takes off: Chandler was on the wrong end of this one, the best of a pretty impressive collection of driving dunks by the 6-foot-2 Terry. After blowing by a Hornets defender near the top of the key, Terry took off from a step outside the charge circle, cocked the ball back and threw it down hard with two hands despite contact from the wanna-be shot-blocking big man.
Kiddin’ with Trix: Kidd puts the ball high off the glass on a fast break against the Clippers and leaves the hard work to Shawn Marion, who soars for the two-handed slam as Steve Blake (and a ballboy trying to mop up sweat) scramble to get out of the way.