The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is a competition that has taken place during the All Star Weekend for nearly forty years. The contest gives the great and the good of the NBA the chance to wow the world with jaw-dropping near impossible dunks! This year’s favorite was Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, and with good reason. In his inaugural NBA season the point guard is averaging 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while connecting on 41.4 percent of his shots from the floor, including some breathtaking slams. Although ‘only’ 6 ft 5 (that’s short in NBA terms!) he is incredibly agile, and has made a name for himself with his mid-air acrobatics.
As soon as yesterday’s contest got going, it became obvious that LaVine was using awesome 1996 movie Space Jam as inspiration. For his first dunk, he had Quad City DJs open for him with “Come on and Slam” from the movie. He then revealed himself to be wearing a “Toon Squad” jersey! However, the pièce de résistance came when he scored a perfect 50 by recreating the famous dunk from the movie.
LaVine went on to win the contest.
At such a young age, and with his totally amazing skills, we predict that Zach LaVine will go on to be one of the biggest stars of the NBA. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll always have this epic night in February to look back on!