While the NBA has evolved to value the 3-pointer more and more, a great dunk still gets fans cheering, and the best dunks of the 2019-20 NBA season will be the plays many fans remember long after the year is done. These are the jams that get the biggest reaction from players, the loudest cheers from fans, and the most shares on social media. They are also auditions for the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest.
So, of course 2019 Slam Dunk Contest champion Hamidou Diallo factors into the list, showing he doesn't have to wait for the All-Star break to pull out a windmill dunk. Superstar big men like Joel Embiid and LeBron James will always have a place among the NBA dunking leaders. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-1 Collin Sexton is among the shortest players putting up a poster slam against opponents, going over the top of Wendell Carter Jr.
Vote up these NBA poster dunks that could have a place among the best dunks of all-time and the plays that will stick in the imaginations fans for years to come. Help choose the best NBA dunk of the year, then head over and check out some of the best dunks ever by every Slam Dunk Contest winner.
Date: October 23, 2019
Final score: Heat 120, Grizzlies 101
Opening night for the Miami Heat saw Derrick Jones Jr. prove why he is one of the elite dunkers in the NBA. Jonas Valanciunas was the victim of Jones putting him on a poster as the Heat started the season off right.
Date: October 28, 2019
Final score: 76ers 105, Hawks 103
Joel Embiid is the league's biggest trash talker and no one wants to get dunked on by him. John Collins was forced to deal with the embarrassment of the dunk and having to hear about it. That may be the lowest point of the season for Collins, even worse than his 25-game suspension. Though, Embiid did receive a technical for the shimmy.
Date: October 30, 2019
Final score: Cavaliers 117, Bulls 111
Collin Sexton may be a smaller guard, but he can get up there with the best of them. Sexton made a fool of Wendell Carter Jr. with this poster dunk during a great performance by the Cavaliers beating the Bulls at home.
Date: October 23, 2019
Final score: Magic 94, Cavaliers 85
Markelle Fultz started the season in impressive fashion, getting huge elevation for this impressive dunk on opening night. Given all the questions about Fultz's future in the NBA, this was a welcome surprise for Magic fans to start the season.