NEED TO KNOW
- The NBA's counting down its Top 100 Plays of the Season this week and this is Day 4 with 40-21.
- You can find 14 of those 20 plays as Moments on Top Shot.
- Read Part 1 100-81 Here!
- Read Part 2 80-61 Here!
- Read Part 3 60-41 Here!
- The Moments include LeBron James, Ja Morant, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard & more, with Moments from the Base & Legendary Sets
Every Moment in the NBA Top 100 that can be found on NBA Top Shot can be found here.
We've never really had a season like 2020-21. (aka Top Shot Series 2)
To say the least.
A year that started just two months after the end of the 2019-20 season saw a new generation of superstars make the leap into being household names. It saw some of the league's biggest names change squads. It saw fans return to the stands, it saw a rising crop of rookies announce their arrival and it saw Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday & the Bucks bring Milwaukee its first title in half a century.
And this week, as our friends at the NBA count down the Top 100 Plays of the Season & Playoffs, we'll be taking you through the Moments you can find on Top Shot.
Keep reading for the Moments you can find from 40-21, and stay tuned for a new batch on Thursday.
40 - Jordan Clarkson
Shake and Bake
Clarkson loses his defender with a pretty spin move. The spin move had so much rotation that he faked himself out but still drained the off-balance shot to complete a wild play.
39 - Ja Morant
...I Meant To Do That
Ja Morant, clearly believing the shot clock was about to run out...and trying to draw the foul...throws up an absolute prayer that somehow finds the bottom of the net. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good...some people have both.
38 - Terry Rozier
Terry Calls Game
When the Hornets got the ball in a tied game with just seconds remaining, Rozier demanded the ball for the final shot. He did not disappoint as he hit a wild one-footed off-balance jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Hornets the win.
36 - Jamal Murray
Behind-The-Back Never Looked So Good
This is one of the most impressive behind-the-back passes you will ever see. From beyond the three-point line, Murray somehow gets the rock past a defender and into a cutting Nikola Jokić for the easy layup. The pinpoint accuracy is outstanding.
35 - Steph Curry
A Stroll Through The Lane
Curry is known for superior handles which are on full display in this mind-blowing Moment. Curry basically takes on the entire Spurs defense and they never had a chance as no defender gets anywhere close to him. He drives down the lane and finishes with ease.
33 - Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi gets the strip and drives the length of the floor for a thunderous one-handed dunk. When Kawhi wants it...it’s almost impossible to stop him. Maxi Kleber learned this the hard way on this night.
32 - Trae Young
Trae Young loves playing the villain as he goes into Madison Square Garden and hits a game winner floater. He immediately shushes the crowd as they rain jeers toward him. Trae took his game to the next level this post-season and will be looking for more.
30 - Rudy Gobert
Ja Morant wanted to put Gobert on the wrong side of what could have been one of the great playoff dunks of all time. Gobert had other plans as he met Morant at the top and stopped the ball from going anywhere near the rim. This poster will have to wait for another day.
28 - Harrison Barnes
He’s Still Got It
Approaching a decade in the NBA...and still not 30 years old...Harrison Barnes continues to show that he can still play at a high level. Barnes catches the full court pass and turns and fires over the Cavs defenders to hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer.
26 - Russell Westbrook
More Than Just Triple-Doubles
Westbrook may be the king of the triple-double, but his best plays are the insane dunks. In a game that also featured Miles Bridges, Westbrook would not be outshined and threw down one of the top dunks of the year. Oh and by the way...he also had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists. Just Russ doing Russ things.
25 - Stephen Curry
Shimmy Shimmy Shake
When Steph Curry gets into the zone you better watch out. Curry shows off his handles to create space from his defender and steps back into three that didn’t touch the rim. This is one of those plays you simply cannot defend...even if you have the height advantage.
24 - Khris Middleton
Ice In His Veins
Middleton showed that he had a flair for the dramatic in this year’s playoffs as he was never shy about taking a huge shot. Here, Middleton shakes two Heat defenders to get a wide-open look and drains the jumper to win at the buzzer!
22 - Donovan Mitchell
The Kick Out
We see a significant amount of kick outs in every NBA game as players drive the lane and create space for their three point shooters. Mitchell takes it to a whole new level here as he finds a wide-open Bojan Bogdanović at the top of the arc and ships an unreal pass from under the basket on the baseline.
21 - LeBron James
The Volleyball Spike
We are used to seeing LeBron James chase down blocks...he’s one of the best in the game. Here he was like a predator waiting for his prey. As Sexton went up for the layup, James decided to swat the ball so hard it went out of bounds at mid-court. Another spectacular play from King James.