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Dunk HQ: Countdown of the best slams of 2018-19

LeMont Calloway, NBA.com

Jan 2, 2019 10:46 AM ET

Nothing seems to stand in Giannis Antetokounmpo's way at the rim.

(Jan. 2) -- How did you ring in the new year? No matter how or where you celebrated at the strike of midnight, the real ball drop to kick off 2019 was on New Year's Day in Milwaukee.

As one of the league leaders in dunks, Giannis Antetokounmpo's return to the Dunk HQ is a surprise to no one. He's thrown down his fair share of vicious and jaw-dropping jams this season, and his facial on Jon Leuer immediately crashes the countdown at No. 2.

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1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans | Oct. 26 vs. Nets

Just as Nets big man Jarrett Allen was letting us know that he's here, Anthony Davis reminds us that he's been doing this highlight thing for a while now. This thunderous poster also gives us the opportunity to introduce the Dunk HQ's "DJ Crew". The "Don't Jump Crew" is an exclusive club made up of players, like Davis, that defenders should avoid jumping with at all costs, lest something like this Brow Bomb should occur.



2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks | Jan. 1 vs. Pistons

The "DJ Crew" has a new member.



3. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls | Nov. 10 vs. Cavs

Does it look like a torn ACL had any long-term effects on LaVine? It sure looks like he still has the bounce.



4. Derrick Jones, Jr., Miami Heat | Oct. 20 vs. Hornets

If you're an "NBA 2K19" gamer, you're probably familiar with the trampolines in the cages. We could be wrong, but we don't think American Airlines Arena has any of those built into their floor. Not that Derrick Jones, Jr. needs one or anything like that.



5. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz | Nov. 7 vs. Mavs


Looks like Mitchell needs to find some space on his man cave wall ...



6. Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets | Nov. 6 vs. Hawks

Flex on 'em, rook!



7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls | Nov. 12 vs. Mavs

The takeoff mark on this windmill may not mirror his out-of-this-world feat from 2016, but it's definitely nothing to brush off, either. Do yourselves a favor and watch this in slow-mo for a perfect representation of poetry in motion.



8. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics | Dec. 21 vs. Bucks

Brown probably wasn't going to get a summer invite from Giannis Antetokounmpo to begin with. He surely won't get one now.



9. Victor Oladipo, Milwaukee Bucks | Dec. 21 vs. Nets

The holiday season has been all about giving for Oladipo. First he left this smooth left-handed finish under the tree for the Nets. Then he presented a local Pacers fan with a gesture of his appreciation.



10. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers | Oct. 24 vs. Suns

This has to be what the Lakers are envisioning for their reinvention of "Showtime." The millennial version is clearly off and running the break.


Dropping out: De'Aaron FoxAllonzo TrierGiannis Antetokounmpo, James HardenAl-Farouq AminuDomantas Sabonis, Sabonis Part II, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James


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