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Top Plays Theatre: Ranking 2016-17's best plays

Khari Arnold,

Nov 30, 2016 8:41 AM ET

Jan. 26 -  Vinsanity. 

On the eve of his 40th birthday, Vince Carter reminded us all why he’s considered ‘Half-Man, Half-Amazing.’

Guarded by 2013 Slam Dunk Champion Terrence Ross, Carter burns past him with ease and avoids a block at the rim with a mid-air, 360 spin move.

As seen in both the No. 5 and No. 10 spot of our Top Plays Theatre countdown, glasses are being filled to its max capacity from the fountain of youth this season.

1. Irving Does It Again

The gift that keeps on giving.

Whether it’s June or December, in Oakland or Cleveland, over Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving’s jumper has 'clutch' written all over it. 


And for flashback purposes, here's one clip with both of Irving's game winners.


2. Hello Brooklyn

Lakers fans often make their appearances at road games, so it's never a surprise to see pleasant reactions for the purple and gold outside of STAPLES Center. But when the opposing team can barely control themselves after a play, that's a whole different story.

Take a close look at the Nets bench. 


3. Shammgod!

It's been the Russell Westbrook show this season, and the program continued when he brought out the ridiculous Shammgod crossover to dribble past Tyler Ulis. Respect.


4. LaVine Leaps Like No Other

There's no way that when Zach LaVine retires this photo isn't framed to its max capacity somewhere in his house. 


5. Richard Hits Rewind

Who would’ve thought a 36-year-old would have one of the best dunks of the season?

Then again, his age is what made this so special. Richard Jefferson climbing the ladder for a ridiculous poster slam even had LeBron James searching for the fountain of youth.


6. The Golden State Way

You're witnessing the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors ladies and gentlemen.

During a jaw-dropping, 60-point night from Klay Thompson, the Warriors' other three All-Stars connect on a beautiful alley-oop. Notice that the ball never even touches the ground. There's a reason they lead the league in assists per game.


7. Young To The Rescue

Not sure what's the most impressive thing about this play: The steal or the shot? 

Very rarely do you see a player intercept a pass intended for his teammate, quickly find separation, then shoot it to win the game (feel free to replace 'very rarely' with 'never'). 


8. Westbrook Does What He Wants

Unlike last season, every opposing team knows which Thunder player gets the ball in crunch time. Yet, no one still had a chance on this play. How many players would even attempt to seal a victory with their off hand on top of a defender who's six inches taller than him?

Quietly overlooked was how quickly he lost his original defender on his way to the rim. Again, no one had a chance.


9. What Has He Dunn?

That was probably the question raised by Shabazz Napier, who was left searching for the ball after Kris Dunn used a scintillating dribble move to sneak past him and make a fancy assist.

The fact that this was done in an actual NBA game is amazing. It’s the type of highlight you’d see in a 10-minute mixtape of Hot Sauce from AND1.


10. Vintage Vince

Vince Carter turns back the clock against his former team, burning right by his defender and finishing at the rim with a 360, up-and-under spin move.

Hard to believe he’s the NBA's oldest active player with plays like this


With the league filled with high-flyers, some amazing dunks will get left off this countdown. That’s why the Dunk HQ is here for your pleasure.

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