“Pat, I can’t say his last name right, but I’m going to try it, Connaughton.”
Saturday night may have been Connaughton’s introduction to the casual NBA fan, but after jumping over Christian Yelich and Antetokounmpo and scoring 95 points in the first round, they’ll remember him as one of the league’s legitimate high flyers.
Breaking down Connaughton’s overall dunk contest appearance.
Walking onto the court, Nike’s hanging around his neck Hoyle style, Connaughton refused to break character.
Showmanship Grade: A+
His first dunk received a 45. Actor Chadwick Boseman was the only judge to give him a perfect 10. Candance Parker, Common and Scottie Pippen gave him nines. Future Hall-of-Famer Dwyane Wade scored Connaughton with the lowest score, an eight.
The dunk over Yelich was solid. Unfortunately, on a night where men 6-foot-9 and taller were jumped over, Yelich’s 6-foot-3 frame didn’t really move the meter.
Yelich told reporters on Sunday at Spring Training in Arizona that had Connaughton advanced to the finals, a baseball would have been incorporated.
Maybe they shouldn’t have saved the best for last?
Christian Yelich has reported to camp and told us what he and Pat Connaughton has in store had Connaughton advanced in last night’s dunk contest. It involved a baseball.