4) DERRICK ROSE'S CROSSOVER (AND OVER) ON DEREK FISHER
The reigning league MVP, Bulls guard Derrick Rose is revolutionizing the point guard position with his elite athleticism. While he can “jump out of the gym” with the best of them, Rose can kill you on the ground just as easily. Possessing one of the league’s deadliest crossover dribbles, Rose is liable for orthopedic bills across the NBA (i.e., he breaks ankles). Watch as he puts on a dizzying array of moves on Lakers guard Derek Fisher, before finishing for two.
3) LEBRON JAMES SOARS FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE
After his first eight years in the league, Heat forward LeBron James has already compiled a lifetime of amazing highlight reels. Whether it be his monster dunks or come-from-behind blocks, King James is a beastly player on both ends of the floor. As arguably the greatest athletic specimen on the planet--a 6'8" freight train of power and speed--LeBron can do almost anything on the court. For example, dunking from the free-throw line... during an actual NBA game.
2) BLAKE GRIFFIN DUNKS OVER THE KNICKS
Last season was the “Year of Blake Griffin” in the NBA, at least from a highlight perspective. After missing all of his real rookie season with a knee injury, the Clippers forward made his NBA debut last year in dominating fashion. Simply put, Griffin is a dunking machine that has malfunctioned; you can’t turn him off. The problem was especially apparent for the Knicks on Nov. 20, 2010, when Griffin made an example of now departed New York players Timofey Mozgov and Danilo Gallinari. Let’s just say it was a bad night to be a European dude on the Knicks.
1) VINCE CARTER POLE VAULTS FREDERIC WEISS AT THE OLYMPICS
Finally, while he isn’t quite “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” anymore, Suns guard Vince Carter will forever be immortalized for a dunk from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. While on the break, Carter decided to negotiate center (and former Knicks draft flop) Frederic Weis, by leaping over the head of the 7'2" Frenchman, en route to a one-handed slam. The French media referred to it as “le dunk de la mort” (the Dunk of Death). ‘Nuff said.