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Nike Basketball churns out the dopest commercials every season like it's nothing. What do you expect, though—with million-dollar budgets and practically every NBA star trying to be down, why not enlist big-name directors and pull out all the stops for some dope-ass ads?

We peeped Nike's latest clip and it's another sureshot, featuring Kevin Durant, Mo Williams, Rashard Lewis, and Andre Iguodala as Compton-style rappers (word to the immortal DJ Quik). It made us think of all the past Nike hoops ads we enjoyed growing up. We narrowed a list down to the 10 best Nike Basketball commercials ever (note: Nike only, no Jordan Brand) so check the videos below and see if your favorites made the cut....

#10 COMMERCIAL: Brand New Day
FEATURING: Vince Carter
It's funny to see a tall-ass basketball player dance like he's Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.

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#9 COMMERCIAL: No Excuses
FEATURING: Matt Scott (wheelchair basketball player)
Whenever we're feeling lazy, we watch this ad for motivation—Just do it.

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#8 COMMERCIAL: Nike Shox
FEATURING: Gary Payton and Vince Carter
We bought Nike Shox solely because we thought we'd be able to dunk like this.

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#7 COMMERCIAL: Swimming Pool
FEATURING: The LeBrons
Watching Lebron James play different personalities is hilarious. His soft-spoken, womanizer character is especially funny.

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#6 COMMERCIAL: Marvin Gaye x USA Team
FEATURING: Marvin Gaye and the 2008 Olympics USA Basketball Team
Nike took footage of Marvin Gaye singing the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game and combined it with images of Team USA training for the 2008 Olympics. Real touching, real dope.

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#5 COMMERCIAL: Great White Nightmare.
FEATURING: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James
This is our favorite out of the Most Valuable Puppets series. Kobe is especially obnoxious as a puppet while rubbing his jewels in LeBron's face (ll).

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#4 COMMERCIAL: Spike's Urban Jungle Gym
FEATURING: Spike Lee, Tim Hardaway
A classic. Got people saying "I got skeeeeelz" for days.

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#3 COMMERCIAL: Lil' Penny's Pool Party
FEATURING: Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Lil' Penny
Who could forget all the Penny and Lil' Penny ads? Some of Chris Rock's funniest personifications are immortalized in these clips.

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#2 COMMERCIAL: Basketball Freestyle Beat
FEATURING: Various basketball players
One of the greatest commercials of all time—super-innovative and fun to watch.

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#1 COMMERCIAL: The Second Coming
FEATURING: Lebron James, Rasheed Wallace, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amare Stoudemire
Nike pulled together all their sponsored players from the 2007 All-Star team to walk to a Just Blaze-produced Juelz track. It's so G, we're working on getting white jumpsuits for the 'Plex team.