The Seattle Pro-Am is still officially hosted by Jamal Crawford, and players like Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas could be considered more starry local names. But for all intents and purposes, the northwest’s premier summer hoops circuit is now owned by Zach LaVine.
The Minnesota Timberwolves guard was at his sky-walking best during Friday’s highly anticipated matchup between members of the Seattle Pro-Am and Los Angeles’ Drew League. After helping his team to an insurmountable double-digit lead with final seconds ticking off the game clock, LaVine made the most of the ensuing impromptu dunk-off – and even had help from another iconic high-flier.
His effortlessly graceful and powerful alley-oop windmill is awesome, but hardly something we haven’t seen before. Even a jam this sick is light work for an otherworldly leaper like LaVine. But check out who’s throwing him the lob. Yup, that’s Robinson, a state of Washington legend and three-time champion of the NBA’s dunk contest.
Though LaVine has quickly emerged as the biggest draw in Seattle, it’s not like long-time Pro-Am mainstays have officially passed him the torch. Crawford, in fact, broke a competitive game wide open in the late third and early fourth quarters with a barrage of triples.
Once the 35-year-old host is finally and regrettably ready to take a backseat, though, it’s obvious his summer circuit will be in great hands. If LaVine keeps these summer antics up going forward, the Seattle Pro-Am seems bound to reach even greater heights in the near and distant future.