Posted by Matt Moore
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This is the top ten of the Dunk-O-Meter we run here on CBSSports.com as of Thursday morning.
- Dwight Howard has not only reclaimed the lead after an early season surge by Blake Griffin and a mid-season push by LaMarcus Aldridge, but has a dominant 28 dunk lead on the Rookie of the Year (we're just going to go ahead and call him that, since we all know it's inevitable).
- It's interesting that there are two Clips on this list, back to back in the top three. Especially considering the presence of Chris Kaman limiting Jordan's minutes. 321 dunks this season for Griffin and Jordan combined, that's 12 percent of all Clippers field goals this season. That's pretty amazing, and shows you how far Jordan's come and why the Clippers need to make sure he returns.
- LaMarcus Aldridge in fourth is kind of surprising to anyone who isn't a Blazers fan. To Blazers fans, it makes total sense. It would be interesting to see how many of these come off of alley-oops to compare. It's expected that the presence of Andre Miller's dulcet lobs would put Aldridge in first, but given how many Dwight gets, it's probably close.
- Kevin Durant in sixth is just as shocking, considering he's a perimeter wing.
- Amar'e Stoudemire is too low on this list, and probably needs to be creating more dunks as high percentage shots in his offense. Not by much, he's only 13 behind McGee for fifth, but it's worth noting.
- How about Kris Humphries? Very quietly, Humphries has a had a great season for the Nets, and him being on this list is pretty impressive with the kind of talent the Nets have.
Dunks don't mean success, they don't mean production, they're fun and great for highlights. But they are high percentage shots and it does take a certain skill set to create them. It shows achievement, even if that achievement isn't indicative of success. Four of the players in the top ten are on lottery teams, six are on playoff squads.
None are on a seed higher than four as of this writing.