This post started off as a “The dunks by Gordon Hayward and Giannis Antetokounmpo were better than the actual 2017 Slam Dunk Contest,” but after watching the video again, it’s clear that title was misleading. And no matter how much the NBA wants to sell this as “Gordon Hayward & Giannis Antetokounmpo Trade HUGE Dunks!” it really isn’t fair to Hayward.
There are a total of three Hayward dunks; two over Antetokounmpo and another over Thon Maker.
All three are the definition of being dunked on. And not the current definition when anyone is caught within 10 feet of a dunk is considered being dunked on. These are body-on-body contested dunks. Check the reel:
In the first dunk. Hayward dribbles and surveys the court. He rounds the corner around a Gobert pick before accelerating to the rim. As Hayward takes flight, Giannis Antetokounmpo steps into the frame on help-defense but Hayward is already rising up with both hands; hammering down on “The Greek Freak”. The second dunk is an alley-oop where Antetokounmpo is late again; getting there just in time to be on another Gordon two hander poster.
The third is Hayward coming through another pick, dribbled through the defense and pounds down a left-hander on a late-to-the-party Thon Maker. To make things worse for the Bucks, they ended up losing the game to the Jazz 109-95 with Hayward leading the charge with 29 points hitting 11-17 shots from the field. Despite being dunked all over on, Antetokounmpo ended up with 33 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.