Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan gave us an early candidate for Dunk of the Year on Wednesday night with his slam over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan gave us a serious early-season highlight on Wednesday night, punishing Utah center and noted, intimidating rim protector Rudy Gobert with a huge dunk in the fourth quarter of a 93–89 Utah victory.
With 4:21 remaining in the game, DeRozan blew past Gordon Hayward and into the paint. Gobert slid over to help, but ... alas. The big Frenchman, perhaps the league’s premier shot-blocker, never really had a chance.
DeRozan’s effort is our early frontrunner for Dunk of the Year. Gobert, a third-year center, is no stranger to challenges at the rim. Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard dunked over Gobert last February. Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins had a dunk similar to DeRozan’s that March. Fortunately for Gobert, the center exacted revenge on Wiggins with a block later in the game.
You can watch highlights of Utah’s win Wednesday night below:
Gobert had a little fun after the game, tweeting his thoughts on the victory.
DeRozan finished with 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting and six rebounds while Gobert posted seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.
- Jeremy Woo