We are nearly a month into the 2011-2012 NBA season and it’s already shaping up to be a better one than last year. After a prolonged hiatus due to the lockout, The Association returned on Christmas Day with more than enough hoops action to hold us down. Since then, we have been treated to quite a few surprise teams and players, even more highlight reel moments shared between Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and an ever-changing hierarchy in the NBA.

It's early, sure, but why not take a look at the best slams, alley-oops, and posterizations that remind us why we love this game. From the showboating jam that got JaVale McGee ejected by his own coach to more facials than any person can handle (II), here are The 20 Best Dunks of the NBA Season (So Far).