Best of 2011: Best Basketball Photos

Next up in my Best of 2011 series is my best basketball images. While I am far from a fan of basketball, I am slowly but surely starting to not hate covering the sport. Ok, on to the images!

Below, Jan. 5, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard (24) Kobe Bryant against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Lakers defeated the Suns 99-95.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan. 12, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Jersey Nets forward (43) Kris Humphries drives to the basket on Phoenix Suns center (8) Channing Frye at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Nets 118-109 in overtime.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard (1) Stephen Jackson passes the ball in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Bobcats defeated the Suns 114-107.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (2) Goran Dragic drives to the basket in the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at the US Airways Center. The Bobcats defeated the Suns 114-107.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 27, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans guard Maurice Jones (right) controls the ball under pressure from Arizona State Sun Devils guard Jamelle McMillan in the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. The Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 63-61.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 27, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans guard (10) Maurice Jones drives to the basket past Arizona State Sun Devils guard (30) Rihards Kuksiks in the first half at Wells Fargo Arena.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 27, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Jamelle McMillan (top) controls the ball as USC Trojans guard Maurice Jones lays on the court in the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. The Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 63-61.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan. 27, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils  forward (5) Kyle Cain celebrates a shot in the first half against the USC Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena. The Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 63-61.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns performer Nick Corrales flies through the air and accidently through the basket hoop as he attempts to perform a dunk prior to the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at the US Airways Center. The Bobcats defeated the Suns 114-107.

Nikon D3S, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Celtics center (36) Shaquille O’Neal sticks his tongue out as he drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. O’Neal would retire at the end of the season ending his future hall of fame career.

Nikon D3S, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Feb. 11, 2011; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic dancers reflect off the court as they perform in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Hornets at the Amway Center. The Hornets defeated the Magic 99-93.

Nikon D3S, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Feb. 11, 2011; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard (3) Chris Paul takes off his jersey following the game against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. The Hornets defeated the Magic 99-93.

Nikon D3S, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar. 17, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward David Jackson flips over in the first quarter against the Temple Owls during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the McKale Center.

Nikon D3S, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar 17, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; San Diego State Aztecs forward (32) Billy White battles for a loose ball with Northern Colorado Bears guard (11) Elliott Lloyd in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the McKale Center.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar 17, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Northern Colorado Bears forward (10) Chris Kaba takes a shot in the second half under pressure from three San Diego State Aztecs defenders during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the McKale Center. San Diego State defeated Northern Colorado 68-50.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar 17, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard (5) Ryan Evans fouls Belmont Bruins forward (23) Scott Saunders during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the McKale Center.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar. 25, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marcin Gortat reacts after breaking his nose in the third quarter against the New Orleans Hornets at the US Airways Center. The Hornets defeated the Suns 106-100.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Mar. 27, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward (41) Dirk Nowitzki is slapped in the face by Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash in the first half at the US Airways Center. The Maverick defeated the Suns 91-83.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar. 27, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks center (6) Tyson Chandler at the US Airways Center. The Maverick defeated the Suns 91-83.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mar. 27, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; An error message is displayed on the LED board after the power went out on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter of the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Dallas Mavericks at the US Airways Center. The Maverick defeated the Suns 91-83.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Mar. 30, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard (0) Russell Westbrook drives to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Thunder defeated the Suns 116-98.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Apr. 13, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan takes a shot against Phoenix Suns center (8) Channing Frye in the first half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 16, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Marcin Gortat poses for a portrait during media day at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual

Below, Dec. 16, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; An overall view as Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash poses for a portrait during media day at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual

Below, Dec. 16, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash passes the ball as he poses for a portrait during media day at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual

Below, Dec. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; An overall view of US Airways Center prior to the game between the Phoenix Suns against the New Orleans Hornets.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/25th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns dancers perform prior to the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the US Airways Center. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley prepares to take a shot under pressure from New Orleans Hornets guard (10) Eric Gordon at the US Airways Center. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (left) pressures New Orleans Hornets guard (8) Marco Belinelli in the second half at the US Airways Center. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (26) Shannon Brown passes the ball from the ground in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash reacts as he is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers guard (20) Jodie Meeks in the second half at the US Airways Center. The 76ers defeated the Suns 103-83.

Nikon D3S, 70-2000mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Dec. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center (8) Channing Frye collides with Philadelphia 76ers guard (11) Jrue Holiday in the second half at the US Airways Center. The 76ers defeated the Suns 103-83.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

That wraps up my best of baseball. Up next in my Best of 2011 series is my best scenery images.

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