The 2012-13 NBA regular season has come to an end, and most of the fans are left to enjoy the wild, dramatic occurrences coming in the post-season. Some are already looking forward to next year because their team’s season is already finished. But it’s nice to kick the feet up, go down memory lane and look back at the amazing plays from the season.
Fortunate for us fans of West Coast teams, most of the best plays of the season feature some of our favorite players. Dunks, put-backs, alley-oops, blocks and much more will be on display in the following thread. Lets get to it.
Dunk of the Year:
Kobe Bryant goes through New Jersey Nets’ Wallace and Humphries
Yes, you read correctly, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries get posterized at the same time. It is usually an eye-grabbing feat to dunk over one player, but two is extraordinary. The Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard beats Wallace to the step, and once Humphries comes to help, the Black Mamba decides to go up with force, but never with fear. The best moment of the play is when both of the defending players cross arms in their desperate attempt to get the block of the year.
Kobe had other plans.
Block of the Year:
Eric Bledsoe gets all-ball on D-Wade
If Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe could have said anything to Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, it would have been “Meet me at the rim.” The Miami Heat are hands down the most dangerous team on when on a breakaway. Most players either stand their ground to try and prevent the alley-oop or get a strip. Either way, no one wants to get dunked on.
Bledsoe is not one of those players. He goes one-on-one with one of the league’s best, times his jump perfectly and stops Wade who came in at full force. At some level, Bledsoe knew he could stop Wade as he came his direction with the ball. And now, everyone else knows that too.
Alley-oop of the Year:
Paul sets up Jordan “deadly” jam
How could this award go to anyone else but to a player from Lob City? Los Angeles Clippers have arguably the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul. His passes are on point… most of the time. In this game, Paul’s lob to DeAndre Jordan was a little behind him.
Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Knight thought he could take it out of the air, and that was a bad idea.
Jordan manages to catch the ball, collide with Knight and throw the ball down with authority. And he does it all before touching the ground. The one-handed slam was so intense, pages on Wikipedia Brandon Knight said that Knight died from it, but remember, it is Wikipedia.
Crossover of the year:
Cavs Kyrie Irving leaves Brandon Knight’s ankles 3 feet behind him
It might seem like it was not a good year for Brandon Knight, but you have to give him credit for contesting shots. He clearly is trying his best to make a difference. With that said, Cleveland Cavaliers’ absolutely leaves Knight on roller skates during the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge. Irving puts a little razzle-dazzle on the floor with some dribbles between his legs, but puts a basic right-to-left step-back move on Knight drops him to the floor. This was not regular season action, but it is hands down best of the year.
Game-Winning shot of the year:
J.R. Smith over the Suns
Being Sixth man of the year requires contributing to the teams scoring efforts when the game in on the line. There is no clearer time than that of the Game Winning Shot of the year. The game was looking to go to overtime. The Knicks were adjusting to playing without Carmelo Anthony due to injury. Nine times out of ten, Melo would have taken this shot, but instead New York turned to J.R. Smith to be the scoring
power. Phoenix Suns’ forward P.J. Tucker was all over Smith, but his good defense was no match for Smith great shot.
Technical Foul of the year:
LeBron’s look of death on Terry
Miami Heat guard LeBron James just does not like the Celtics. And why would he? They have given him so much trouble in the playoffs and regular season. He has to deal with personalities like that of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. So it should not come as a surprise that he gives attitude any chance he gets when playing Boston. Jason Terry loses the ball in the back court and tries desperately to fix his mistake. Instead, he tries to track the ball through four Heat players only to get dunked on. James would then stare down Terry after knocking him to the ground. That look was good enough to earn him the technical. That was probably the only technical LeBron will never refute.
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