Playing the Field: DeAndre Jordan posterizes Brandon Knight
Poor, poor Brandon Knight.
If you didn’t own a computer or cell phone until this morning, you might have missed Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan destroying Knight, the Pistons’ point guard, with one of the biggest alley-oop dunks of all time. No overstatement necessary, just look at the video.
I’m not sure this technically counts as being posterized, since Knight got literally knocked out of the picture. The fact that he got crushed and fell to the ground made the dunk epic actually. (And thankfully Knight wasn’t injured, because that would’ve made the whole thing very awkward.) But if you are Knight, why are you trying to go up for the ball over Jordan? Knight is a 6-foot-3 point guard. Jordan is a 6-foot-11 power forward. What are you possibly thinking?
Knight actually handled the situation as best he could. No need to try to lie and make some excuse. He took to Twitter after the game and joked about the situation.
It wasn’t in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol
— Brandon E Knight (@BrandonKnight07) March 11, 2013
As you see, that has been retweeted 19,000 times!
Of course, if we are going to call this one of the greatest alley-oops of all time, we have to provide some competition.
Gerald Green has a couple contenders for best alley-oop actually. This one from Marshon Brooks to Green for the windmill is particularly amazing. You don’t see a windmill off an alley-oop too often. You have to have the hops of Green to pull it off. A few more examples of Green’s athleticism here, here and here. He can jump really high.
Another alley-oop involving the Nets, and Green, but this time it’s Deron Williams to Green, who throws it off the backboard and Kris Humphries finishes it. This one doesn’t get nearly enough play as one of the greatest dunks of all time.
And of course we had this one just a few days ago between Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin. It’s impressive, though I would’ve liked to have seen Crawford go between the legs and off the glass. It looked a little odd throwing it straight up in the air.
OK, so what alley-oops am I missing?
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