August 17, 2010
On Tuesday morning the 2010 rookie class met twenty floors below sea level in a bunker to have their pictures taken. These are some of the results...
The biggest hit of the session were these stop motion-y, frame-by-frame montages shot by Jesse D. Garrabrant. As you can see in this off-the-glass dunk by John Wall(notes), when done correctly these images are amazing. Like seriously, wow. Very awesome.
Unfortunately, not all of these ended up so perfect.
But not everyone was so lucky.
Really, Luke Babbitt(notes)? That's the closest you could come to throwing it down? So bad. From the baseball-throwing motion to the closed eyes in the last frame to falling a good three feet short of the hoop, this is a classic goof.
Perfect. A layup, no-look pass, just standing there and a flat-footed 14-foot "jumper" — just an excellent action shot that really shows off Anderson's talents. No wonder the Spurs were so crazy for him.
Probably the silliest set of pictures were the basketball-smashing photos, which Luke Babbitt once again totally nailed.
Adequately goofy and ferocious. This is how these pictures should go.
But sometimes they end up wrong. Way wrong.
Nonetheless, these portraits confirmed a lot of what we thought we knew about the incoming rookie class.
Like, the most awkward ever.
And he ain't fooling anybody about his athleticism. Probably going to come up just a tad short on that attempt, Luke Babbitt-style.
So big they couldn't find official Heat shorts to fit him. Bigness, confirmed.
"Whooooooooa! Check out how high I jumped!"
Last, but not least, these pictures happened:
Another year, another collection of amazing photographs. Can't wait till next year!