NBA Dunk Contest 2011 Contestant JaVale McGee Puts On a Show, Placing Second.
In what TNT commentator Kevin Harlan called the greatest first round of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest ever, Washington Wizards big man JaVale McGee dunked two basketballs in two different hoops on Saturday in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
McGee, who made it to the final round against winner Blake Griffin, executed the dunk by lobbing a ball against the first backboard then catching it with his right hand and slamming it down on the second hoop while dunking another ball with his left hand in the first hoop.
McGee was overshadowed by a 360 and a car jump by Griffin in the contest, but his athletic ability showed for all to see on Saturday.
Averaging 2.4 blocks per game coming into the contest, McGee showed the potential he has if he can learn to play the game better.
His athletic ability, although probably not Griffin-esque, is up there among the top big men in the game.
In addition to the never-before-seen double dunk on Saturday, McGee also did a reverse dunk from underneath the hoop while falling away.
The third-year center/forward is averaging 26.7 minutes per game this season for the Wizards, while averaging 9.1 points and 7.5 rebounds.
He's averaging over 10 minutes more per game since last year.
McGee was drafted 18th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Wizards and if he can combine his athleticism with more knowledge of the game, he proves to be an interior force down the line, as will fellow dunk contest participant DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors.
McGee made it close against hometown favorite Blake Griffin on Saturday and that's saying a lot.