James Ennis Tossed Ball off Backboard for Slam; Regular Dunks Rendered Boring

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 6, 2013

James Ennis would very much like your attention, because he has something to show you.

Bob's Blitz spotted an over-the-top slam dunk from Down Under, featuring a 23-year-old who never quite got a shot in the NBA.

No worries, because Ennis is doing big things in the National Basketball League, leading his Perth Wildcats on this fast break against New Zealand's Breakers.

Already up 10-3 early in the game, Ennis is all by himself, armed with merely a basketball and a handy backboard. Sure, he could have gone up and dunked it like an uncreative athlete, but just the sound of that has us reaching for the snooze button.

Instead, Ennis decides to have an impromptu slam dunk contest starring himself, which he just won.

So you want a GIF of the dunk? Yeah, you probably do.

(GIF credit: Bleacher Report)

Now the interesting part in all this is the announcer at the end who proclaims, "He's averaging four or five of those a game."

Wait, what?

We assume he means breakaway slam dunks or scintillating jams. However, we simply have to know if this is far more literal and Ennis is in the habit of executing off-the-backboard dunks, because that's, for lack of a better word, fan-freaking-tastic.

Anyone with an eye on the NBL more readily, please let us know in the comments section below.

There is hope we get the high-flying antics back stateside shortly. Fox Sports Florida's Chris Tomasson, reporting back in August, states the Heat still retain Ennis' rights. The report is careful to note that any reunion wouldn't be until the 2014-2015 season, though.

Still, actions like this dunk will have reverberations felt clear across the globe. As Ennis said of the Heat in a November Herald Sun report, "They check on me each game and keep in regular contact with my coach."

So far, the young man the Atlanta Hawks drafted in 2013 before he landed briefly with the Heat is having a wonderful season for Perth, averaging 22.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

That's all well and good, but the important part is that he also averages "four or five" dunks per game. That means we are grossly behind on our "Ennis the Menace" highlight watching.

 

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