The NBA's 2013 Las Vegas Summer League kicked off Friday. While the general caveats about not taking too much away from ostensible exhibition contests featuring a great many rookies, fringe professionals and guys trying to catch on apply here just as much as they did in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month, so does the note that fun, tasty, empty-calories basketball-related things can happen, like coaching goofs, lighting gaffes, game-winners and, of course, monster dunks.
Vegas play saw a couple of the latter over the weekend, and I'd like it very much if you'd let me know which one you think is gnarlier, more explosive and generally superior. First up, Charlotte Bobcats sophomore Jeffery Taylor — known mostly for his defense, for his first name vexingly ending with an "ery" rather than an "rey," and ... no, that's about it — giving us, and Australian San Antonio Spurs big man Aron Baynes something to remember him by:
Next, we have Milwaukee Bucks center Chris Daniels — a 7-footer who played his college ball at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before going undrafted in 2008, spent four seasons playing in South Korea and has split the last two between Korea and the D-League — catching New Orleans Pelicans swingman Darius Miller at the rim on the rotation:
(That's a pocket pass.)
My vote goes to Taylor-on-Baynes, via the small-on-big corollary, but considering that moment where Daniels is paused in mid-air, then continues to power through Miller and eventually puts him on the floor, I can see the argument of those who support its candidacy. (Most of whom, I assume, will be Bucks fans.)
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