Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season

words // Zac Dubasik

We recently celebrated a list of some of the 2010-11 NBA season’s not-so-great moments, so it’s only right that we also highlight some of the best moments of the year. Did you remember what basketball shoes they were wearing when these plays went down? Will any of these sneaker moments hold up as time goes on?

If you caught our worst plays of the year rundown, you may have noticed that regardless of JaVale McGee’s basketball IQ, he’s a crazy athlete.┬áHe has an extensive collection of highlight blocks from this season, but none more impressive than this.

JaVale McGee Blocks Wesley Matthews — PEAK Relentless


Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: JaVale McGee wearing PEAK Relentless

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: JaVale McGee wearing PEAK Relentless

Chris Bosh Gets Dunked On By Point Guards

Who doesn’t like seeing Chris Bosh get dunked on? By point guards?

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Rodney Stuckey wearing adidas Pro Model 2010

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Rodney Stuckey wearing adidas Pro Model 2010

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Rajon Rondo wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Rajon Rondo wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low

J.R. Smith Dunks On Gary Neal — “Cool Grey” Air Jordan XI 

Level of difficulty. Style. Post-dunk swing and celebration? Check, check, check and check.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: J.R. Smith wearing Air Jordan XI

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: J.R. Smith wearing Air Jordan XI

Nick Young’s Incredible 360-Reverse Layup — “East LA” Nike Zoom Kobe VI 

I’ve joked about Nick Young’s at-times unnecessary addition of 360s to plays that don’t necessarily need them. This play, however, is just amazing.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Nick Young wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Nick Young wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Manu Ginobili Works His Magic Against Clipper Defense — Nike Air Max Closer IV 

I know what you are thinking: “It’s the Clippers. Of course Manu is going to make someone look bad.” He took it to a different level on this play though, somehow managing to abuse all five opposing players on a single drive.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Manu Ginobili wearing Nike Air Max Closer IV

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Manu Ginobili wearing Nike Air Max Closer IV

Nicolas Batum’s Buzzer-Beating Tip-In — adidas adiPure 

Point-nine seconds is long enough to catch and shoot, but a game-winning lob is always a lot more exciting.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Nicolas Batum wearing adidas adiPure

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Nicolas Batum wearing adidas adiPure

Dwyane Wade Posterizes Kendrick Perkins, Does Cabbage Patch — Air Jordan 2011 

While it may SEEM like Juwan Howard has contributed little to the Heat, as evidenced here after this dunk, he clearly taught DWade his signature dance move: the cabbage patch.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Dwyane Wade wearing Air Jordan 2011

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Dwyane Wade wearing Air Jordan 2011

Blake Griffin Goes Crazy On Mike _’Antoni Defense — Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 

In a performance that may only be possible against a Mike D’Antoni defense, Blake Griffin put together a season’s worth of highlights in a single game.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Blake Griffin wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Blake Griffin wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

J.J. Hickson Rejects Blake Griffin Dunk — “Cranberry” Nike Air 1/2 Cent 

Blake Griffin abused defenders at the rim all season long, so it’s only right to see the favor returned. (Cavs fans beware – it’s very possible fraudulent posters of this play exist in the LA area, much like the Patrick Ewing non-poster on MJ adorns the walls of NYC sports bars.)

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: J.J. Hickson wearing Nike Air Half Cent

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: J.J. Hickson wearing Nike Air Half Cent

Kevin Love: 31 & 31 — PEAK Relentless 

A year-and-a-half after signing with Peak, Kevin Love went for 31 and 31 the night he actually started wearing them.

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Kevin Love wearing PEAK Relentless

Best Plays of the 2010-2011 NBA Season: Kevin Love wearing PEAK Relentless