Lockout videos: Marreese Speights misjudges his leaping ability

Eric Freeman
September 2, 2011

For three seasons, Marreese Speights has been a promising, if not exactly impressive, member of the Philadelphia 76ers frontcourt. Speights caught the team's eye during the 2008 draft primarily because of his physical gifts: He's tall, built, and athletic. If he ever developed some more skills, he'd have a long NBA career.

Athleticism usually doesn't turn off -- it's considered an innate quality for a reason. Sometimes, though, the man who possesses it expects too much. For proof, check out the video of Speights above from a game in his rookie season against Denver. He takes a pass in the paint, gets set to jam it home, and promptly comes up short, slamming the ball into the ground and out of bounds.

Speights, to his credit, ended the game with 12 points in just 18 minutes. Unfortunately, given that he seems to be less a part of the Sixers' future plans with each passing season, we'll probably remember this performance more for a hilarious failure than for a display of nascent offensive ability.

(Via Get Banged On)