With his one-man dunking exhibition broadcast across the internet, LeBron James captured the attention (and the imagination) of the basketball world on Monday. Not to be outdone, Pelicans big man Anthony Davis followed suit on Tuesday with his own display.
Davis, himself an All-Star after being selected as an injury replacement by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, isn't exactly established as an above-the-rim artist. He notches dunks aplenty by virtue of being a mobile pick-and-roll threat, but the majority of his slams are a variation on the same theme: Two-hands (or one if he's feeling crazy), off the lob or a basic pass, full extension, throw down. It's an impressive look all the same, but there's reason why Davis' name might not be the first mentioned for dunk contest consideration.
That may soon change, though, as Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow captured Davis throwing down an alley-oop windmill as casually as one possibly could. Morrow, in response, was anything but casual:
You heard the man. More realistically, it's a bit late at this juncture to be lobbying for inclusion in All-Star Saturday's events; the NBA isn't about to bend over backwards to change its carefully chosen dunk contest field, even if Davis would likely be a more interesting participant than Golden State's Harrison Barnes. Frankly, though, why is inclusion necessary when players like James and Davis are throwing down dunks for our pleasure through another medium? They may lack the spotlight and the dramatic buildup of the contest itself, but a jaw-dropping windmill is a jaw-dropping windmill. Every player is now in control of his own platform, and with James and Davis's alternative dunk contest submissions already on the books, one can only wonder who might be next.