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Dunk HQ: Countdown of the best slams of 2017-18

LeMont Calloway, NBA.com

Feb 1, 2018 10:09 AM ET

On a scale of 1 to 10, what would you give this Jaylen Brown poster?

(Feb. 1) -- How about a two-for-one?

That's the case today as the Dunk HQ introduces not one, but two new slams to the countdown. As an added bonus of duality, both players have already been to this party and are back for another round.

Returning to the stage on the backs of two nasty facials, we have Dwight Howard, entering at No. 7, and Jaylen Brown, who follows behind at No. 8. Howard took care of Atlanta's Mike Muscala with his usual throw-down and a smile, while Brown, who now holds two spots on the countdown, sends 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis to his first All-Star Game with a new poster. 

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Who's poster slam was more impressive?

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1. Larry Nance, Jr., Los Angeles Lakers | Dec. 18 vs. Warriors

"Oh. My. Goodness!" is so correct. Where do we begin? For starters, how about Nance giving the No. 2 shot-blocker in the league in Kevin Durant (yes, that Kevin Durant) the business? The crazy extension. The hangtime after the contact. Best of all, check out the fan in the baseline seats who senses something amazing brewing and totally loses it when Nance drops the facial. This had to bring a smile to the always-smiling Magic Johnson, who has visions of producing a Showtime sequel to take center stage at Staples Center.



2. Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors | Oct. 23 vs. Mavs

Whether the launch of Jordan Bell into the NBA spotlight broke showboat protocol or not, the Dunk HQ will always show appreciation for pizzazz. It's what a great in-game, open-court dunk should be about. Oohs and ahhs, fallen jaws. A bit of the unexpected. This slam had all of that.



3. James Johnson, Miami Heat | Oct. 21 vs. Pacers

Look, we understand. You have to protect the basket. Victor Oladipo gave it an honest try. The extra lift and power of James Johnson is just too much.



4. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers | Nov. 10 vs. Bulls

Sometimes, there are advantages to having a short memory in the NBA. Longtime Dunk HQ resident Victor Oladipo clearly understands that. Leaving the Johnson poster in the past, Oladipo uses space and opportunity to show a little style with the classic 360 jam.



5. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic | Jan. 27 vs. Pacers

Maybe Gordon is over the dunk contest. After all, two straight losses can zap the fire. But when you throw down jams like this, maybe you still have something to prove. Here's hoping that Air Gordon gets a chance to shine under the All-Star Saturday night spotlight once again.



6. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics | Nov. 14 vs. Nets

The Celtics spark-plug is latest to exhibit some creativity in the open-court. Is better perimeter defense suddenly the source? Or is the notion that an open court and individual artistry go hand-in-hand catching on more? Either way, it's definitely entertaining to see players capitalize on these opportunities. Keep 'em coming.



7. Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets | Jan. 31 vs. Hawks

It must have felt good for Howard, an Atlanta native, to be back home. Maybe not so much for Howard's former Hawks teammate Mike Muscala, the recipient of Howard's southern hospitality and the second Howard poster victim to make the countdown.



8. Jaylen Brown | Jan. 31 vs. Knicks

In his second appearance this season on the Dunk HQ, Brown does it all. A shifty in-and-out dribble attack set Brown up for an off-leg takeoff that Kristaps Porzingis had nothing for. While we thought highly of the facial, Brown wasn't particularly impressed. Harsh critic.



9. Dennis Smith, Jr., Dallas Mavericks | Jan. 22 vs. Wizards

It's been said that slams from smaller players look better because of all the ground they have to make up from floor to rim. Is it true? I guess the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In Smith's case, height plays no role in this 360, which easily fancies the eye.



10. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks | Nov. 10 vs. Spurs

Another household name in the Dunk HQ neighborhood with the right open-court mindset, Antetokounmpo makes this silky-smooth 360 look way too easy. Just as easy as he made these ridiculous dunks here, here and here look the last few seasons.


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