Paul George of the Indiana Pacers has been known to throw down a spectacular dunk or two in his time. There was the one at the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star weekend where he spun around 360 degrees before finishing with a windmill slam or another where he dunked over 7-foot-2 teammate Roy Hibbert.
But the dunk that Paul George unveiled at the Festival of Sport in Shanhgai, China, might have them all beat. For this dunk contest, George stepped up without so much as a warm-up and combined what appeared to be two different dunks into one, Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie blog reported.
For the dunk Paul George spun around mid-air, moved the ball through his legs while passing it from his left to his right hand and finishing with a tomahawk.
He made this ridiculously complicated dunk look easy, too, just getting out of his chair without so much as stretching to complete it.
Paul George actually did the dunk one other time, CBS Sports noted. He did the same one during the Slam Dunk Contest this year, but it was done in the dark while he was wearing glow-in-the-dark stripes on his jersey, so it wasn’t exactly seen or understood the way his Shanghai dunk was.
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While Paul George may have impressed LeBron James, he probably would have rather just beat him instead. In the NBA playoffs last spring James’ Miami Heat fought off George’s Pacers en route to winning the championship. Maybe Paul George can save some of his on-court magic for the playoffs next year.