The NBA's 2013 rookie class smiled for the cameras at Panini's annual rookie photo shoot on Tuesday, and while the freshmen-to-be are already swapping their first-ever pro basketball cards, we'll have to wait a bit to find out which players wound up being this year's "Truman Show" Anthony Randolph, Awkward Luke Harangody, Jaunty Quincy Acy, Coco-ish Kyle Singler or Numberless Robert Sacre.
Luckily, thanks to the marriage of digital technology, social media and sub-minute auteurism, we didn't have to wait on some of the sweet dunks thrown down by the excitable rooks while going about the business of being photographed for posterity. The most impressive and thunderous showman, by far, was Detroit Pistons forward Tony Mitchell, whose combination of a double dunk and a 180-degree windmill throwdown has people very excited for the prospect of him doing something insane in what will probably be limited actual court action and/or this year's Rising Stars Challenge:
Or, y'know, maybe the actual Slam Dunk contest. Somebody get Sprite on the horn.
While the North Texas product's slams stood out, he wasn't alone above the rim. Hit the jump for a few other choice crams from Tuesday's rookie shoot.
I was pretty partial to Mitchell's teammate, fellow second-rounder and recently signed Pistons guard Peyton Siva going between the legs and behind his back to feed streaking Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad for a big lefty slam:
While not quite as ferocious, Phoenix Suns rook Archie Goodwin looked pretty smooth in going between his legs to put it down with the left:
It wasn't all friendly service for Michigan standout Burke, though — while he was posing for the cameras, former Indiana University teammates Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller ganged up on their ex-Big 10 nemesis in an attempt at an improvised posterization:
While it wasn't a dunk itself, we'll cap matters with Siva draining a backward, over-the-head, one-handed half-court shot, because that seems pretty hard, too:
Juwan Howard couldn't have done it better himself.
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