Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 5:42 pm  |  18 responses

Videos: Top 50 Rookie Plays of the Year

Griffin, Wall, and EVERYONE ELSE.

After countless hours browsing YouTube, watching highlights, and trying to develop a halfway-decent ranking system of the best dunks, blocks, steals, and assists from the rookie class, we’ve finally arrived at our goal: the Top 50 Plays of the Year.

I’ll let the moving pictures do the talking, but I do want to make one disclaimer: I did everything I could to make sure Blake Griffin didn’t own all the highlights, especially the top-10. It was extremely difficult, but in order to give less prominent names exposure and showcase the full arsenal of the rookie class, it was completely necessary. In the end, Griffin got his fare share of highlights (still owns the majority, obviously), but so did the rest of young guns. If you have any thoughts/agreements/disagreements, feel free to stop by the comment section. History will be rewritten in the upcoming weeks, but for one last time, let’s see what’s good with the rookie class.






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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Epic! An hour of mine will be spent watching these highlights soon.

  • http://www.slamoline.com Max

    I thought I would only see John Wall layups and BGriff dunks..

  • blakos

    That left hand dunk br Griffin should have beenn higher. But i understand your predictament.

  • Hugh Jass

    How about Gary Neal getting dunked on by JR Smith and Tyreke Evans?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I’m with Griffin, the spin dunk was the better one.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell


  • Hursty

    Patrick Patterson had some sneaky highlight reel plays this year.

  • tRay

    Booker was definitely throwing his hat in the ring for best rookie dunker

  • Riggs

    Showing trevor booker some love nice!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well my work day just got that much less productive

  • iambrandon

    number 18 wasnt better than griffins or haywards

  • JoeMaMa

    Craziest play is #3….because in that play, Nick Young actually gets an assist. Jokes aside, Blake’s 3/4 alley oop should be higher. That was….nuts.

  • iambrandon

    number 1 was “dunk” of the year

  • r2j

    Trevor Booker was dunking. I didn’t know Landry Fields was that quick when it came to putbacks. Jordan Crawford was killin’ the moment he came to DC. I love Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins crossovers. Who knew Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors had that many highlights? Wall and Griffin were expected but somebody needs to tell Derek Fisher that Wall is 6’4 and has a long wingspan.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This was a great draft class. Every year people complain about how weak the draft class is (minus ’03 and ’08, when future superstars were pretty much expected), but they’re never as bad as people make them out to be. Especially this year’s (and last year’s too).
    Every player on this list has starter to All-star potential in this league.

  • Lloyd

    Think hayward dunking on the Lakers should have made it for SURE. Some shouldn’t have been on there like John Wall’s Alleys to McGee.

  • papa

    i think bledsoe’s block on tony parker and chalmers should have been on this

  • Kourtney

    Great vids. I love watching these