After every amazing dunk of the NBA season, a chorus of fans and observers will decide if it's worthy of Dunk of the Year consideration. Although this award is not official, it carries a great deal of cultural cachet, enough that DeAndre Jordan's nuclear detonation upon Brandon Knight was one of the most talked about moments of last season.
After nearly two weeks of play, this NBA season had not produced many clear-cut candidates for the prize. That changed on Monday night during the Denver Nuggets' game at the Utah Jazz. With roughly 4:45 left in the second quarter, Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson took a pass from Ty Lawson on the pick-and-roll, took one hop through the lane, and rose over the covering Marvin Williams for an explosive two-hand jam. Williams took the contact — it's hard to refer to him as the one applying the pressure, here — and fell to the ground, sprawled out in defeat.
Yahoo's own Marc Spears immediately referred to the play as our first legitimate Dunk of the Year candidate, and it's hard to argue too much. While it seems likely that someone will eclipse Hickson before the regular season finishes, this one at least belongs in the conversation.
(Video via @cjzero)
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