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The 42 Most Important Dunks of 2013 (NBA Edition)

There is nothing more important than a dunk. NOTHING!

42. Josh Smith vs. Nets

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You slap his head, he slams it down in your face.

41. Chandler Parsons vs. Thunder

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Didn't even see him coming, kid. Didn't even see him coming.

40. Gerald Wallace vs. Bulls

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Joakim Noah looking like a little boy on this play.

39. Andrew Bogut vs. Nuggets

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This is such a white man jam.

38. JaVale McGee vs. Rockets

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JaVale McGee throws alley-oops to himself because JaVale McGee doesn't care for your rules.

37. James Harden vs. Jazz

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Yeah, that seems hard to defend.

36. Harrison Barnes vs. Nuggets

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Reverse dunks have a special place in my heart. Right next to out-of-date cool sayings like "Booyah!"

35. Nick Young vs. Bucks

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Nick Young literally shouted as loud as he could when he slammed this one home. It probably helped.

34. Terrence Ross vs. Bobcats

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Terrence Ross: Professional Dunker.

33. Paul George vs. Heat

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This is the best move you can do in rec league basketball. It also apparently works in the NBA.

32. Kobe Bryant vs. Clippers

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Look at this old man throwing it down. Hey, good for you, old man.

31. JaVale McGee vs. Warriors

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"It's ridiculous how athletic this guy is." - Commentator during replay.

30. Joakim Noah vs. Nets

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I simply do not understand how someone can do this and then shoot a free throw the way Noah shoots a free throw. Why are you so weird, dude?

29. Sam Young vs. Knicks

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Windmill Dunks > The Industrial Revolution.

28. Dion Waiters vs. Heat

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The young talent in Cleveland is pretty impressive.

27. Jeff Green vs. Magic

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a stare down. It's a stare down, people.

26. Paul George vs. Heat

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Birdman down. Birdman down.

25. Roy Hibbert vs. Hawks

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This is why Entertainment 720 signed him.

24. Kobe Bryant vs. Hawks

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So Kobe's good at basketball.

23. DeMar DeRozan vs. Nuggets

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This dunk was so beautiful it made Drake cry.

22. Harrison Barnes vs. Bucks

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Now THAT is going up and over a defender.

21. Kevin Durant vs. Suns

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Marcin Gortat gave up before the ball even entered the hoop. Marcin Gortat, you make me laugh.

20. DeMarcus Cousins vs. Nuggets

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Oh, child, you can't take a charge when a bulldozer is coming at you. Educate yourself, fool.

19. JaVale McGee vs. Suns

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Man, when JaVale McGee is not screwing everything up, he's actually quite good at basketball.

18. Paul George vs. Minnesota

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Razzle dazzle!

17. Jerryd Bayless vs. Timberwolves

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Jams it in!

16. Blake Griffin vs. Bucks

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Is that how you get the key to Lob City?

15. J.R. Smith vs. Spurs

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A reverse dunk off an alley-oop? Thank you very much, Mr. Smith.

14. Terrence Ross vs. Mavericks

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Okay, I guess you did deserve that slam dunk title.

13. Taj Gibson vs. Nets

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Does anybody know how to post videos to Facebook?

12. Blake Griffin vs. Bucks

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I'm just going to go ahead and say it, putback dunks are sexy.

11. Tayshaun Prince vs. Thunder

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Bet you didn't know Prince could still get up like that, huh? I'm sure he surprised himself with this move.

10. Terrence Ross vs. Nets

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Oh, good lord. How did he do that?

9. LeBron James vs. Celtics

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This is the NBA equivalent of monkey in the middle. Only in this case, the monkey was killed by LeBron James.

8. Blake Griffin vs. Knicks

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Haha. Classic Blake Griffin.

7. Nate Robinson vs. Trail Blazers

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To be perfectly honest, no man his size should ever be able to do this. Nate Robinson, you're a freak and I love you.

6. Kobe Bryant vs. Warriors

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David Lee slept on the Black Mamba and he paid the price.

5. Kevin Durant vs. Rockets

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Aaaaaand that's a poster. Thank you for trying, Omer Asik. Seriously, thanks. It made the poster a lot better.

4. Jeff Green vs. Heat

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I'm not totally sure about this, but I believe this dunk was the inspiration behind R. Kelly's hit single "I Believe I Can Fly."

3. Kawhi Leonard vs. Heat

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Mike Miller getting slapped in the face during this dunk will never not be hilarious.

2. Iman Shumpert vs. Pacers

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The only thing better than this putback is the hairdo. RIP Iman Shumpert's amazing flat top.

1. DeAndre Jordan vs. Detroit Pistons