Miles Bridges has been a big dunker since his high school days in Flint, Michigan. His pre-season mixtapes were legendary five years ago, and he also had plenty of high-flying moments at Michigan State during his two years in college.
Bridges enjoyed a breakout campaign this year in their third NBA season, helping to add a jolt of excitement to a Charlotte Hornets team that has been one of the league’s biggest surprises. Bridges has improved in several important areas this season, but he still has the ridiculous explosiveness that put him on the basketball radar years ago. He showed it on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks with what could be the league’s dunk of the year.
Bridges deployed a ferocious hammer tomahawk on Clint Capela in the dying minutes against the Hawks. It is all beautiful.
The fact that Bridges did this at the critical juncture of a close game against a team the Hornets are trying to keep up with in the standings makes it even more impressive. Charlotte is without their top two players, LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward, at the moment, so this piece wasn’t just flashy – it was absolutely critical.
My favorite moment? Devonte ‘Graham’s reaction: hands behind hand, coming down to the ground. He’s all of us.
Poor Capela had just made an excellent defensive play to deny Hornets guard Terry Rozier on the edge. Credit Capela for jumping with Bridges and not caring about potential embarrassment. Unfortunately for him, Bridges won the battle in the air.
Did Miles Bridges win NBA Dunk of the Year in 2021?
There are two other suitors, as far as I’m concerned. The first is Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves rookie and No. 1 in the draft:
We also have to name Maurice Harkless who is piling up all over the Pistons.
My Dunk of the Year vote goes to Anthony Edwards, but we’ll put it to a poll
This Edwards dunk might be the best of the last … 10 years, in my opinion, but we’re going to open it up to people. Who drenched it the best? Let us know.
Who had the best dunk of the NBA season?
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