Yesterday was Team USA’s Blue-White scrimmage, an actual head-to-head matchup between all the young NBA guys out in Las Vegas who are hoping to represent the USA on the national basketball team at some international competition in the next few years. And as you’ll see from the clips here, highlights were made. Several highlights. So many, in fact, that the first highlight isn’t even technically from the game, but rather from halftime when an Air Force member legitimately threw down a windmill while in uniform. It is, perhaps, the greatest clip in the history of USA basketball, as it is both very USA and very basketball.
But there were great basketball plays as well.
Take, for instance, this Anthony Davis sequence, where he shows basically every skill advertised prior to his being selected No. 1 overall a year ago. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone who wasn’t JaVale McGee snatch an alley-oop out of mid-air while standing next to the rim, but believe me, you do not want JaVale taking the ball coast-to-coast for a dunk.
Harrison Barnes was there too, and he threw down a nice lefty dunk on or about Ryan Anderson. He’s only entering his second season, but he’s already one of the best in-game dunkers in the league. He also has two last names for a name.
The thing I love about this John Wall tip dunk isn’t that he kind of steals it from Anthony Davis, who also would have slammed this rebound home. No, it’s that both Wall’s completed tip dunk and Davis’ theoretical tip dunk were over DeAndre Jordan, which is just about a perfect distillation of what the Clippers are worried about coming in to 2013-14. When he saw this play, Brandon Knight smiled for the first time in months.
Do you like blocked shots? So does America.
And finally, here’s four minutes of Kyrie Irving dominating. He led the White team to a win with a game-high 23 points, and I’m pretty sure, the exact same number of spin moves (that worked every single time). Watching him is fun.