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

LeMont Calloway, NBA.com

Feb 18, 2019 10:11 AM ET

Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo's All-Star Game hookup changes the Dunk HQ game.

(Feb. 18) -- Charlotte's fun-filled All-Star weekend is a wrap, but the Dunk HQ is keeping the party going.

Thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry, we're bending an unspoken rule that limited the season's top slams to regular season and playoff action. Entering the countdown at No. 1, Curry's sky-high All-Star Game alley-oop to the Team Giannis captain completely brought the house down and made for an impressive photo shoot.

 

Not to be outdone, Curry closed out the weekend's festivities by showing off his secret hops.

Last but not least, we send big congratulations to Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo for his 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk victory.

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1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Team Giannis | Feb. 17 vs. Team LeBron

The list of things the Greek Freak can't do on a basketball court is getting shorter and shorter.

 

 

2. Mario Hezonja, New York Knicks | Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

The narrative surrounding the Knicks is focused more on the future than it is on the present. If the Knicks' franchise-record losing streak had them down in the dumps, this Hezonja pick-me-up seems to have helped morale for a brief moment.

 

 

3. Kevin Knox, New York Knicks | Feb. 13 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

It keeps getting better for the Knicks ... and worse for Ben Simmons. Between facials in back-to-back games and proposed tutoring sessions, it was an eventful week for the Kia Rookie of the Year. 

 

 

4. Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic | Feb. 14 vs. Hornets

Ross jumps back into the spotlight with a reverse slam reminiscent of one of Kobe Bryant's highlight jams. Not a bad way to get fans ready for this year's All-Star dunk battle.

 

 

5. 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.

 

 

6. 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.

 

 

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

The "DJ Crew" has a new member.

 

 

8. 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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Flex on 'em, rook!

 

Dropping out: De'Aaron FoxAllonzo TrierGiannis Antetokounmpo, James HardenAl-Farouq AminuDomantas Sabonis, Sabonis Part II, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Victor Oladipo, Lonzo Ball, Jaylen Brown, Marquese ChrissZach LaVine


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