30 best NBA poster dunks of all time

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 1: Russell Westbrook
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 1: Russell Westbrook /
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<2. Kobe over Steve Nash

Just like Gary Neal, Steve Nash got the absolute worst of a play just because he did what he was taught to do. After Lamar Odom scrambled for a rebound after a missed shot by Luke Walton, he found a cutting Kobe Bryant who was looking for blood. Steve Nash was just sitting there looking like he needed to be dunked on, and Bryant delivered.

What’s important to note here is that this season was arguably the best of Bryant’s career. He averaged 35-5-4 and led a team to the seventh seed whose second best player was Lamar Odom and the third best player was, well, no one. Bryant would eventually lose the MVP to Nash and the series to the Suns in 7 after a bizarre no-show in the second half of the series-deciding game.

However, for this one moment, Bryant was on top of the world and helping close out a Game 2 win that would give the Lakers home court as they head back to Los Angeles. After the dunk, both Ronny Turiaf and Andrew Bynum look incredibly confused (maybe everyone in the area thought it was a charge) while Odom is repeatedly making the and-1 signal with his hands.

This is pre-Kobe jaw, so all we really got out of Bean was him hanging on the rim after the dunk and a fist pump. Not that we needed more, but these kinds of dunks usually bring out the best (or worst) of the guys who throw them down.