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While people in most of the country on Monday morning were still finishing their coffee and breakfast, Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Aleksej Pokusevski was busy cooking up some magic on the basketball court.
Pokusevski and the OKC Blue tipped off the action in the NBA G League bubble on Monday with an 11 a.m. meeting against the Iowa Wolves, and the 17th overall pick produced one of the top plays to likely emerge from the season.
With just over six minutes left in the second quarter, guard Ty Jerome found himself handling the ball in transition. Pokusevski, who was near the rim, signaled for the ball for an alley-oop opportunity, but quickly ran out of room on the baseline.
Rather than turning it over, Pokusevski channeled his inner Harlem Globetrotter and smoothly tapped the ball back to Moses Brown, who finished with a layup in one smooth motion.
still wondering how @aleksejpokusevs did this
he might be a magician pic.twitter.com/RNm8hgsg28
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) February 22, 2021
The broadcast crew’s reaction on ESPN+ perfectly captured the absurdness of the play by Pokusevski. The highlight will likely run all day across social media given its level of difficulty and we’re going to go ahead and pencil it onto #SCTop10 for Monday…