(Nov. 30) -- Don't let today's small-ball surroundings of the NBA fool you.
Big men, in fact, still exist.
Whether called upon for high-percentage offense in the paint or for protection at the basket, these players are still a much-needed element for successful basketball.
And here at the Dunk HQ, there's no way that the bigs are going to get lost in the sauce of a guard-driven league when a big like Dwight Howard, who enters at No. 7, reminds us just what they can do ...
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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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6. John Wall, Washington Wizards | Oct. 18 vs. Sixers
John Wall is no stranger to the lefty slam. Add another to the growing reel, this one in the poster category featuring Philly's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Hang this one on your wall, too ...
7. Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets | Nov. 29 vs. Raptors
The epitome of big-man basketball: a strong facial over a defensive guru. Toronto swat machine Serge Ibaka gave an admirable contest, which is more than we can say for Jakob Poeltl, who couldn't have forecast a killer crossover coming from Howard.
9. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves | Oct. 30 vs. Heat
When we talk about posters, we really mean a poster with this Andrew Wiggins facial over Josh Richardson.
Hang this one on your wall!
10. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz | Oct. 28 vs. Lakers
The first word that comes to mind about this Donovan Mitchell jam is explosive. It might not be long before we're in a rookie guard dunk-off between Mitchell and Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr., another high-powered finisher.