StaTuesday: Bucks becoming new doctors of dunk?

There was a famous sneaker ad years ago in which it was declared that "chicks love the longball."

A basketball version easily could have substituted in the word "dunk."

There is no play in an NBA which energizes the crowd more than a dunk, whether it be a rim-rocker, alley-oop or some kind of artistic display. The league even saves its dunk contest for the finale of its All-Star skills competition and it is easily the most popular attraction of the day’s events.

With that being said, chicks must love the Milwaukee Bucks this season.

No team in the NBA has scored a higher percentage of their points on a dunk or layup.

Entering Tuesday, of the Bucks’ 581 points, more than half — 293 — have come via this route. That 50.4 percent of close-in field goals is just more than the No. 2 team, Houston (49.0 percent) but a decent amount ahead of anyone else. Oklahoma City is third at 46.6 percent followed by Miami (45.4) and Denver (44.7).

Leading the dunk parade for Milwaukee is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is fifth in the NBA with 39.

Jabari Parker has 21, giving the Bucks the second-highest dunk combo in the NBA, topped only the Los Angeles Clippers duo of DeAndre Jordan (46) and Blake Griffin (18).

Here are the NBA dunk leaders entering Tuesday’s games:


Player Team Dunks
Dwight Howard Hawks 47
Clint Capela Rockets 46
DeAndre Jordan Clippers 46
Rudy Gobert Jazz 41
Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks 39
Hassan Whiteside Heat 35
Kevin Durant Warriors 33
Andre Drummond Pistons 29
DeMarcus Cousins Kings 25
Rudy Gay Kings 25
Larry Nance Jr. Lakers 24
Steven Adams Thunder 23
LeBron James Cavaliers 23
Timofey Mozgrov Lakers 23
Kristaps Porzingis Knicks 23
Mason Plumlee Blazers 22
Jabari Parker Bucks 21
Tristan Thompson Cavaliers 21
Alex Len Suns 20
Blake Griffin Clippers 18


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