All eyes were on Duke freshman Zion Williamson at Friday's NBA Rising Stars game at Staples Center.
Although the rising NBA star received much praise for his beautiful game at Duke, it was a hell of a dunk off the backboard that evoked many oohs and aahs, as well as some chuckles and rolls on the floor during the NBA All-Star break.
At an average age of 19, Williamson was cast as the villain and he cranked out bad guys. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward went down at the rim twice before finally falling short with a desperate two-handed dunk attempt after dunking over NBA All-Star guard Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers in the final two minutes. Simmons had given Williamson a lane.
Williamson finished with nine points and played nearly 24 minutes in a 98-94 victory for the U.S. over the World team. Chicago's Kris Dunn led the World team with 16 points, including four three-pointers.
"He's very athletic," Simmons said. "He plays with his shoulders on his back. You want that kind of force to take shots like that."
With his ability to dunk and jump over people, Williamson is regarded as a possible first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
"It's an honor to have a guy like him," Chicago point guard Zach LaVine said. "You never know what he's going to do. It's scary. And he's young."
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