Mar 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Barnes and Iguodala, The Smash Brothers?

We all know the Splash Brothers. That lovable name that we gave to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry for being the best shooting duo in the NBA right now, and possibly in NBA history. These two have played so well together that they’ve garnered that nickname. With Thompson filling the shoes of Ellis, the Warriors have gotten on track and are looking to head to the postseason for many years to come.

They had a year of success with the Curry, Thompson, Harrison Barnes, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut lineup, but now, things are changing a little bit. Not their core, but their backup players in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. Those two have left the scene. The Warriors have found some replacements, but will the team be the same?

I may be forgetting something here. Oh yeah! There was that one guy that the Warriors signed. Andre Iguodala, one of the best free agents that was available on the market in the offseason. He had an astonishing year with the Nuggets as an all-around role player who could be a huge contributor on a team, but not necessarily the superstar. This is why he fits well in Golden State. Unfortunately, however, he took the starting role away from a budding star in Barnes. Is this a bad thing?

Like Curry and Thompson, Iguodala and Barnes could form a combination that some may start to call the Smash Brothers. These two are both high rising dunkers who know how to finish on the towering centers in the middle of the lane. For Barnes, Nikola Pekovic is the obvious example, but Ersan Ilyasova and Aaron Grey can also vouch for that.  Igoudala hasn’t necessarily shown us that he can do it over a center, but we all know that he’s a high riser.

In this video, Barnes dunks over Ilyasova, much to the delight of Kent Bazemore and the Warriors’ bench. The Black Falcon, as Warrior fans are now calling him, has risen to the top of the building in this dunk, which was quite underrated.

There really is no need for proof of Iguodala’s greatness in terms of soaring to the basket, but look at his highlights from the dunk contest, where he really showed his talents. From insane passes to reverse dunks, Iguodala got it done. Here are 10 of his best dunks.

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