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Open Thread and Iconic Warriors Dunks Round 2: #15 JTA dunk on JaVale vs #7 Wiggins on Doncic
purely for science
Most Iconic Warriors Dunk Tournament
The question is simple: What is the most iconic Warriors dunk?
To settle this extremely important matter, we will have a straight single elimination bracket tournament. You might say, wait isn’t this just an excuse to rewatch fantastic dunks? Of course not, this is purely for science.
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DNHQ commenters nominated a number of dunks. I filtered out 16 based on whether I could find an official NBA or ESPN YouTube video about the play. The reasoning is simple: How iconic can a play be if it doesn’t have its own video?
I considered determining the seeding using the same strategy as NCAA March Madness Committees — “pulling it out of my butt” — but I opted to seed the plays based on the number of views the official video had. Humans must make the final decision. Humans like you.
I suggest for this very scientific process that you carefully view each dunk and put the volume on loud.
#15 JTA dunk on Javale
#7 Wiggins on Doncic
To vote, you can use the Substack poll here or write a comment including exactly one hashtag #FIFTEEN or #SEVEN. Comment votes with explanation are worth 10 poll votes.
Results of Last Vote
The weighted results of last vote.
31% — #14 Webber on Barkley (poll 27%, comments 32%)
66% — #11 Klay's first dunk back (poll 58%, comments 68%)
battle of the upsets
Trogdor (10 ♡):
Anyone voting for 11 over 14 doesn't appreciate enough the historic and iconic nature of the Webber dunk, which prompted a popular commercial and helped propel Chris to stardom. People are such prisoners to the moment and like Klay's dunk just because it's Klay and are caught up in recency bias.
#Eleven [Yes, see what they did?]
Eric Apricot (8 ♡):
Starting at 5:00, Klay talks extensively about it. That dunk was his favorite moment in his favorite game of his career (excluding winning championships of course). "Whenever I have a bad day in the gym, I watch that clip."
mDuo13 (5 ♡):
I'm voting for #FOURTEEN because the landing on Klay's dunk made me cringe with concern for his health.
AttilaTheHun (4 ♡):
#FOURTEEN I imagine I am in the minority but Webber's arrival and that dunk gave us the first ray of hope we'd had in a long time, and it came against the reigning MVP. It turned out to be false hope of course because Don Nelson screwed up with Webber. I've never forgiven Nellie for that. That said, my appreciation of CWebb's dunk takes nothing away from Klay's dunk; it's a tough choice.
Run_TMC (4 ♡):
this one goes up to #ELEVEN