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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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That's My Dog

March 12 -- Two is often times better than one.

It's especially true if we're talking about dunking duos. Sure, it's an absolute pleasure if you're a Clippers fan to have Blake Griffin on your team. But throw in DeAndre Jordan, the Video newest leader on the Dunk Ladder, and you end up with a rare combination of Video tag-team Video jams.

Teams are lucky if they have someone of a high dunking caliber like Dominique Wilkins or Shawn Kemp. But can you imagine if they had a contemporary by their side like Michael Jordan had Video Scottie Pippen? Or what about Julius Erving and his backboard-breaking teammate Video Darryl Dawkins? Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady in Toronto. Clyde Drexler and Video Jerome Kersey in Portland. And we can't forget about the new school's version down in Miami.

Fans, this is a treat and I think we should be appreciative of the show we get to see from Lob City on any given night. Not because of what Griffin or DeAndre Jordan can do individually. But because they are top-notch dunkers who happen to be on the same team. We just don't get to see that too often.

Dunk Ladder readers, what do you think? Is the Griffin-Jordan combo one of the best dunking duos ever? What other duos come to mind, both past and present? Share your thoughts by writing us at NBADunkLadder@turner.com.

Falling out: Video J.J. Hickson's two-handed facial

-- LeMont Calloway, NBA.com

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Got The Internet Goin' Nuts : March 10, 2013
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Our hearts are heavy for Brandon Knight after this one (and for his previous misfortune at All-Star weekend and subsequent ankle injury a day after this play). Outside of the dunk's height and ferocity, I am always amazed at the way the left-handed Jordan throws it down with his right hand. Nasty... Just nasty.

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Rapt With Rap : Feb. 12, 2013
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At this point, Timofey Mozgov has to be wondering, "Can't we all just get along?" The Denver big man falls victim again as DeMar DeRozan cocks back and absolutely goes into annihilation mode.

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Oops Upside Your Head : March 6, 2013
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This is one of those alley-oops where it's nearly a crime to try to separate the pass from the finish. Jamal Crawford brings the playground to the NBA while Blake Griffin tops it off with a ferocious windmill. There's just too much fun going on in Clipperland.

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Two At The Same Time : Feb. 5, 2013
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"Kobe Bryant, slam dunk giant." Kobe seemed to have dunks like this on the regular way back when (Dwight and Video Yao should know from experience). Like MJ before him, Kobe has adjusted his game over time and continues to remain dominate from the ground, but apparently he and the sky are still buddies.

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Here, You Take It : Dec. 17, 2012
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There's none of the "Did he touch the rim or not?" or "Was it an offensive foul?" talk this time around. This is just pure athleticism and power as Blake Griffin throws down a thunderous game-closing alley-oop.

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Bay Areaaaaa : Nov. 24, 2012
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Let's see... Powerful facial? Check. Added impact from jumping off two feet? Check. Glaring stare-down that suggests a "Now what?" mentality? Check. The real kicker? As Top Plays Ladder CEO Zettler Clay observes, the bench reaction was everything.

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Royal Flush : Jan. 12, 2013
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Whether he makes it look easy or not, nothing LeBron James does is run-of-the-mill. Take this alley-oop for instance. Incredible height, added flair with the double-pump and, just for good measure, he throws it down in reverse.

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Welcome Back : Nov. 14, 2012
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It would be an understatement to say it's refreshing to see Jeff Green back in NBA action after having heart surgery and missing all of last season. I imagine it takes a lot of heart to detonate on heads like he did to Al Jefferson. Glad to see you back, Jeff.

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Wind Me Up : Dec. 21, 2012
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Experienced readers of the Dunk Ladder know that I love to see windmill dunks with a full arm extension (Video see Dominique Wilkins at No. 7). Terrence Ross proves that he's more than capable in his Ladder debut.

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Byron's Mulligan : Dec. 3, 2012
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One of the first lessons every young basketball player is taught is to follow their shot. Charlotte's stretch big man Byron Mullens takes heed of the teaching and turns the rebound into a Kodak moment for LaMarcus Aldridge.

Peas In A Pod

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Which Clipper is the most exciting dunker?

  • Blake Griffin
  • DeAndre Jordan
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