DeAndre Jordan may have had the best dunk of 2013 on Sunday night in the Los Angeles Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons.
With 4:32 remaining in the second quarter, Chris Paul threw an alley-oop pass to the center, who caught the ball outside of the restricted area. Pistons guard Brandon Knight leaped to contest Jordan’s shot, but the big man threw down a one-handed slam with the defender in his face. Jordan dunked the ball, as he was fouled, and Knight ended up on the ground.
Even with Jordan a few feet away from the basket, Knight never had much of chance to stop the Clippers starter. He stands at just 6’3, which is eight inches shorter than the 6’11 Jordan.
Jordan’s impressive slam might not come as much of a surprise. He’s third in the NBA with 140 dunks on the year. Only JaVale McGee and teammate Blake Griffin have more. Griffin leads the NBA with 164 dunks.
Griffin was extremely impressed by the dunk, calling it the best one he’s seen in person. Jordan was mostly surprised that his attempt was contested.
"Usually I get that dunk and nobody is right there," Jordan said. "This is the first time somebody tried to block it."
The dunk energized L.A., who went up by 22 points, once Jordan completed the three-point play. Los Angeles won the game 129-97.
The Clippers were nicknamed “Lob City” when Paul was traded to Los Angeles. The point guard has developed an excellent rapport with his big men, and often completes several alley-oops in each game.