Above you can see all four dunks completed by 2015 Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves, formerly of UCLA, formerly of our collective slam dunk contest-starved imaginations.
LaVine’s amazing efforts brought the only real life out an otherwise too-cool-for-school crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Guess Chris Bosh’s continuing domination of the Shooting Stars or Chicago’s own Patrick Beverley taking control of the Skills Challenge wasn’t their cup of tea, but nothing gets the starch out ya jeans like some good dunks.
The 19-year-old LaVine paid tribute to the 19-year-old movie Space Jam (LaVine turns 20 in March) with his first dunk, a pretty acrobatic effort off a single bounce that from this angle evokes more comparisons to Come Fly With Me-era Mike than the post 1st retirement movie star.
From there on it just got better as LaVine exercised more control over his dunk tries and more explosiveness to go with his physical eloquence than his over-matched competitors, including fellow finalist Victor Oladipo, who in some recent years may have stood a better chance of winning with his put-downs, but those are slam dunk contests we’d rather forget.
Nothing should be forgotten about LaVine though, who we can only hope will be a fixture at slam dunk contests for years to come.
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