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

LeMont Calloway, NBA.com

Nov 30, 2017 11:11 AM ET

Dwight Howard puts on for the NBA big man in a big way.

(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8. Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls | Nov. 1 vs. Heat

A dunk history buff could see Kris Dunn climb another level after the contact for the two-hand smash and want to run back a Tom Chambers classic.

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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.

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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.

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Dropping out this season: Ben SimmonsJeff Green, Victor Oladipo, Blake Griffin

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Bonus Material

A round of applause for this preseason gem from Jeff Green ...

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