What will he dunk next?
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What will he dunk next?
Could Zach LaVine possibly best his incredible dunk contest performance? It certainly seems like he'll be ready to try.
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Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Clarkson highlight the All-Rookie Teams, a group that doesn't accurately portray strength of the rookie class.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing without Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Garnett (among others) today versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Other than Andrew Wiggins, Flip Saunders' depleted team has no player capable of creating his own shot. The 'Wolves need to manufacture buckets against New Orleans, a feat easier said than done for a team so low on experience.
Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine will play winning basketball one day. For now, the Minnesota Timberwolves will have to settle for growing pains mixed with highlights like these.
Superstars played like it. Shots were blocked. Treys were drained. History was made. And a star was born. The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend from New York City enjoyed a plethora of memorable moments, but none stood out more to us than these five awesome showings.
Andrew Wiggins made it through last night's epic Sprite Slam Dunk Contest with consciousness intact. Considering that cautionary boasts from the Rookie of the Year frontrunner on Zach LaVine's jamming repertoire more than lived up to the hype, we weren't quite sure how – until the newly crowned king of dunking said he opted against pulling out the jam on All-Star Saturday that nearly made Wiggins faint.
The Barclays crowd performed an accidental wave as he prepared his second offering, with fans standing in circular succession to get a best possible glimpse of the moment to come. That accidental celebration ensued on both of his dunks thereafter, too, and normally reserved league writers across the arena were seen exchanging audible and physical acts of astonishment. All-Stars on the sideline jumped for unabashed joy. LaVine elicited the kind of all-encompassing reaction from those in attendance on Saturday that each All-Star can only hope to provide.
Nothing Zach LaVine did for the Dunk Contest's remainder would surprise after his world-ending first slam – unless he did the seemingly impossible and topped that instant classic effort, of course. And the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie might have actually done it.
Zach LaVine was hyped as the favorite in this year's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. His first flush brought the house down.
Mason Plumlee's first ever jam hardly befits the hyper-athletic big man he is today. Not unlike his meteoric rise from four-year college player and seldom-used rookie to Team USA member and Brooklyn Nets cornerstone, though, the 24 year-old has come a long, long way as a dunker. And while that might not mean he'll beat out Zach LaVine in All-Star Saturday's contest, it's certainly a testament to the show he'll put on at Barclays Center.
Many fans were disappointed when Andrew Wiggins' name was left off the list of participants for this year's Dunk Contest. If the rookie's boasts about the jamming exploits of his Minnesota Timberwolves teammate prove accurate, though, All-Star Saturday's main event will surely fare just fine without him. After Wiggins led his international cohorts to a victory over their American counterparts with a MVP-winning performance in the Rising Stars Challenge, the 19 year-old said he "almost fainted" upon watching one of Zach LaVine's planned slams.
Watch Zach LaVine shake defenders with a slick dribble move and soar for the finish during the Rising Stars Challenge.
Well, it doesn't quite match the quality of this year's Three-Point Shootout field.
The field for All-Star Weekend's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is slowly taking shape.
The NBA Dunk Contest could be poised for a comeback if this rumored lineup pans out.
It only took a little opening on the break after a 76ers miss, but it was all the thin-limbed rookie Zach LaVine needed last night when he got out on the break and threw down a feisty one-handed hammer after exploding to the rim from mid-court.