NBA.com Dunk Ladder
The Dunk Ladder is a free-flowing, constantly updated list that ranks the best dunks throughout the 2012-13 season. When a serious dunk reverberates around the NBA, make sure to check here to see where it stands!
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Kawhi Goes Ka-razy
June 21 -- Before the 2013 NBA Finals began, we provided hopeful Finals dunkers with a pep talk of sorts, encouraging them to give us a jam we could and would always remember from the championship series.
Kawhi Leonard, thanks for listening, man.
Arguably the best slam of The Finals, the Spurs' young star-in-the-making rose to the occasion and rose a little more after making mid-air contact with Mike Miller before throwing down a thunderous jam in Game 6.
Like Paul George before him, however, the momentum of Leonard's slam ultimately did not translate into a series win as the Spurs fell to the defending champion Heat in seven hard-fought games.
Not to be outdone by Leonard's Finals showcase, 2012-13 Dunk Ladder champ DeAndre Jordan is still making plenty of noise for his devastating alley-oop over Brandon Knight. The highlight play got even more recognition after it was recently awarded the Social Slam Award during NBA TV's Social Media Awards.
Like Jordan, we'll more than likely be talking about Leonard's facial for a while as we enter the NBA offseason. We've got a long summer ahead of us, but if you're like me, we're already bracing and preparing for what is sure to be a jam-packed 2013-14 season.
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-- LeMont Calloway, NBA.com