January 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Willie Green (34) fouls Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Clippers won 115-89. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Does Harrison Barnes Belong in the Dunk Contest?

Harrison Barnes, so far, has been the Warriors’ most entertaining on-court player. Whether it’s hitting the energizing three, clutch jump shots, or using a veteran move to take a veteran player to the basket, Barnes is always the rookie doing it. This year, he sucked the gravity out of the building three times – all over PF’s or C’s who thought they had a good chance to block his dunk. Some of Barnes’ incredible dunks have earned him the nickname Black Falcon.

This is why Barnes deserves to be the first Warrior dunker since Jason Richardson. He is one of the “bounciest” rookies in this draft class, and has provided some good entertainment and energy when the Warriors needed it. Especially on this long road trip.

This was an incredible dunk, over Ersan Ilyasova, who realized he absolutely no shot at blocking it. How about a fan’s perspective. It conveys the true severity and nastiness of the dunk. Barnes’ hang-time and elevation on the drive is one of the reasons he should be there on all-star weekend.

Other than the fact that Barnes was injured, this was a pretty incredible dunk over Aaron Gray, who wasn’t even close to getting it. This shows that Barnes can finish over obstacles. He also uses extension to really get the ball over the rim. This is another skill that is valuable for the Dunk Contest.

The top comment really explains it well. “BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH….F***, I just threw up on my computer screen, that dunk was NASTY” – PathOfDistrAction.

Not only was this dunk nasty, but it showed that Barnes is clearly an incredible dunker. The Black Falcon rarely stares at its prey, but when it does, you know it had the right to. Pekovic, a seven-footer, must be demoralized by this dunk. If you look at his hand, it’s nowhere close to the ball.

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