2016: The year of the Dunk

The consensus: 2016 was for the birds.

Basketball helped.

If nothing else, 2016 might be the best dunking year in recent memory. The dunk Gods of Planet Lovetron would be proud.

Oh, and the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.

PopGates looks back at the best dunks of the previous 365 days in the video above:

  1. Larry Nance, Jr., Los Angeles Lakers, NBA
  2. Wayne Seldon, Jr. NBA D-League, Iowa Energy
  3. Joffrey Lauvergne, France, Olympics
  4. Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA
  5. Steven Davis, Wright State, NCAA1
  6. Nik Slavica, BC Cibona Zagreb (Croatia), Basketball Champions League
  7. Miroslav Raduljica, Serbia, Olympics
  8. Larry Nance, Jr., Los Angeles Lakers, NBA
  9. Jeremy Pargo, Shenzhen Leopards (China), CBA
  10. Bruno Caboclo, Raptors 905, NBA D-League
  11. Ben Simmons, LSU, NCAA
  12. Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, NBA
  13. Rodney Williams, Jr., Greensboro Swarm, NBA D-League
  14. Jan Vesely, Fenerbahçe (Turkey), Euroleague
  15. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA
  16. Kenny Gabriel, Panathinaikos (Greece), Euroleague
  17. Rolands Smits, Montakit Fuenlabrada (Spain), Liga ACB
  18. Venky Jois, Eastern Washington, NCAA
  19. Tomáš Satoranský, FC Barcelona (Spain), Euroleague
  20. Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
  21. Ricci Rivero, DLSU (Philippines), UAAP
  22. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic, NBA
  23. Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA
  24. Cullen Russo, Fresno State, NCAA
  25. Victor Rudd, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Euroleague
  26. Chance Michels, Bishop Gorman, High School
  27. Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day School, High School
  28. Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day School, High School
  29. Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day School, High School
  30. Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
  31. Alex Smith, Donar (Holland), FIBA Europe Cup
  32. David Walker, Andorra (Spain), Liga ACB
  33. Richard Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
  34. Richard Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
  35. Rashad Bell, Sagesse (Lebanon), Dubai Tournament
  36. Robertas Javtokas, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), LKL
  37. Chase Fieler, Donar (Holland), FIBA Europe Cup
  38. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
  39. Thomas Abercrombie, New Zealand, FIBA Olympic Qualifier
  40. Anthony Randolph, Real Madrid (Spain), Liga ACB
  41. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
  42. Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, NBA
  43. Josh Adams, Wyoming, NCAA
  44. Josh Adams, Wyoming, NCAA
  45. Josh Adams, Wyoming, NCAA
  46. Josh Adams, Wyoming, NCAA
  47. Ádám Hanga, Baskonia (Spain), Euroleague
  48. Colton Iverson, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Euroleague
  49. Andrea Bargnani, Baskonia (Spain), Euroleague
  50. Chris Singleton, Panathinaikos (Greece), Euroleague
  51. Liu Cheng, Chinese Taipei, FIBA Asia Challenge
  52. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA
  53. Ryan Cook, BK Barsy Atyrau (Kazakhstan), National League
  54. Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes (Turkey), Euroleague
  55. DeAndre Jordan, Team USA, Olympics
  56. Rade Zagorac, Mega Leks (Serbia), Basketball Champions League
  57. Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahçe (Turkey), Euroleague
  58. Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
  59. Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA
Sam Perkins
The founder of Onebidwonders, Sam has previously served as the editor for a weekly newspaper based in the metro west, and has had pieces published by the Associated Press as well as several other publications and newspapers and worked as a correspondent for Boston.com. He has also been a featured guest on several sports talk radio shows, and is currently finishing a book entitled “Echoes in an Empty Arena.”