With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time for us to take a look back and all the good things that happened to us. The best games, the most memorable moments and, today, the most vicious, posterizing, jump-out-of-your-seat-and-scream dunks from the last 365 days.
This will be fun to reminisce about.
- Kansas forward Jamari Traylor nearly getting stuck in the rim.
- Josh Hart of Villanova reminding Lafayette why he’s an all-american and a national champ.
- South Carolina learning the hard way that maybe, just maybe, Jamal Murray has some athleticism.
- Wayne Selden teaching Skal Labissiere about what happens when you miss a block.
- NJIT’s Rob Ukawuba proving to Caleb Swanigan he’s not a rim protector.
10. Arizona State’s Obinna Oleka catches an alley-oop that leaves a Purdue defender lying prone on the court. True story: I was sitting next to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports at Madison Square Garden during this game … and missed the dunk live because I was busy staring at my laptop. Good job, Rob.
9. This dunk from Wichita State’s 6-foot-1 Daishon Smith actually came just a few minutes after the No. 1 dunk on our list on a Saturday afternoon earlier this month, and the fact that it came in a game that the Shockers were playing against Oklahoma meant it got somewhat buried:
8. Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem had a couple of nominees for this list, but it was his work against Colorado in November that beat out this dunk in the Elite 8 for me. Was I wrong?:
7. UCLA’s Prince Ali threw down a couple of nasty dunks last season, but this one, the nastier of the two, actually fell during 2016.
6. Oregon’s Dwayne Benjamin graduated during the offseason, which is why you haven’t seen highlights like this come out of Eugene this season.
5. We tried to tell you guys about the explosiveness of Kansas’ Josh Jackson. Not everyone wanted to listen, apparently.
4. Kansas’ Wayne Selden actually had my favorite dunk from 2016, and it wasn’t because of the dunk itself. It was because his uncle nearly had a heart attack afterwards.
3. Cal’s Jaylen Brown had a number of awesome dunks, the best of which came last November, or not during 2016. But this one, against Oregon State, was pretty terrific as well.
2. It really is a shame that USC’s Julian Jacobs left school early, because he was an exhilarating talent to watch that wasn’t seen by enough people. Here he is committing felonious assault on Marquese Chriss.
1. This, from Grayson Allen, is just flat out filthy.