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Ben McLemore may attempt a 720 dunk in the Slam Dunk Contest

Feb 8, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

The video above shows a player getting about as close to a 720-degree dunk as we’re likely to see.

Getting enough hangtime to perform two complete spins before throwing it down is a tall task, but one that Kings’ rookie Ben McLemore may attempt in the Dunk Contest in New Orleans next weekend.

From SBNation’s Celticsblog:

“I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there.”

Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration.

“I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up,” McLemore told CLNS Radio. “But we’ll see.”

It would be a welcome way to win it if in fact McLemore could pull it off, considering the way we’ve seen guys go more toward using props or costumes instead of letting the pure athleticism speak for itself.

  1. asimonetti88 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    just hand him the trophy if he lands it

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    He should have just kept his mouth shut lol. These other guys could very well be capable of a 720 too and might just try it too.

  3. davidly - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    The vid features an impressive 540 — which very well may be almost as close to a 720 as one ‘ll get. Perhaps making it a reverse 530 slam ‘d be a nice compromise?
    Alternatively, a 420 with a blunt in dey mouf would be slammin’ what with the double entendre, an’ all.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Well 360s are never really 360s either – the player having always started to turn before leaving the ground. But we call it a 360 anyway, with no reservations. So I think it’s safe for us to refer to this as a 720 even though we all know better.

      • kb2408 - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        360, 270 or somewhere in the middle….who cares?! NBA players are some of the greatest athletes on the planet. If he pulls off a 720 (or, according to you, more like a 630!) it will be incredible. I’ll catch it on espn’s top 10 plays because I won’t be watching it live, and haven’t for several years. I wish they would just do away with it…but, I must admit, this 720 (630) could spice things up a bit.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Agreed.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I got really excited cuz I thought the white guy was the one doing the 720 before played the clip. I’m not white btw.

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      fun fact

      • strictlythedanks - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        and I believe thats the professor your referring to

    • money2long - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      mixed? lol

  5. truninerfan49 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The dunk contest should be cancelled

  6. goodtogo28 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    that dunk was sick no matter how you look at it 720 or not.

  7. 24thesho - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Saw my 16 year old kid do a 720 in 2008 and he is under 6 feet. It was crazy!

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