1. Gerald Green: Windmill Perfection
I don’t often like using the word perfection to describe subjective things. Each individual eye can interpret his/her/its surroundings in their own lens. What I see as a perfect apple you might see as a terrible computer. It happens. We all see the world differently.
But after much deliberation with the scientific community, I’ve confirmed with multiple experts and subatomic particles that this is in fact the perfect windmill dunk. We’ve found it, it’s been conquered, search no longer. The perfect windmill is here.
The pass from MarShon Brooks was dead on. The sizable leap was a stunner, even by Gerald Green’s vertically numerous standards. The catch and whip went by in the blink of an eye. Green’s head raised well above the rim, and at its peak it looked like he was blowing an imaginary candle out a la the 2006 Dunk Contest. The dunk didn’t have to rock the rim, because he splashed the net. Seriously, look at the net at its apex after the ball goes through it; flip the screen upside down and it just looks like a normal basketball net. It’s pristine. The exclamation from Chris Carrino (not heard on this take) as he sees just how high Gerald Green got on the replay is just the icing on the cupcake.
I’m biased, but this is the dunk of the year. Yes, Blake’s smash on Kendrick Perkins was dirty. But Gerald’s windmill was clean.