Ja Morant threw down one of the best dunks of his career in Saturday night’s win against the Indiana Pacers.
The All-Star Memphis Grizzlies guard headed to rim full speed and launched his 6-foot-3 body into the air to slam on the 6-foot-10 Jalen Smith of the Pacers. This dunk was like many of the ones that Morant has failed to complete, but this time it went in.
Morant’s dunk quickly went viral, causing a slew of reactions to his poster dunk. He even got the approval of NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
“When we look back on Ja’s in game dunk highlights when it’s all said and done it’s gonna be up there with the some of the greatest ever,” Garnett said on Twitter.
Morant has a unique ability of bringing out the fan in even the biggest NBA superstars. He did that again on Saturday night.
Here are some reactions from Morant’s dunk.
Morant wows NBA veterans
Garnett wasn’t the only one who was gushing after Morant’s dunk. Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma agreed with Garnett’s statement and called it a fact. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was speechless when he saw Morant’s dunk over Smith. Durant tweeted a series of memes in reaction to Morant’s dunk.
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins was an advocate for the Grizzlies last season when many people doubted. He reminded his Twitter followers of Morant’s greatness after the dunk.
Perkins even took it a step further by advocating that Morant should start in the 2023 NBA All-Star game. He’s currently third in guard fan voting behind Luka Doncic and Steph Curry.
“The fans want to see HIGHLIGHTS… and that’s exactly what Ja Morant is going to give you,” Perkins tweeted. “The MOST ELECTRIFYING PLAYER in the NBA!!!”
Mitchell makes NBA Dunk Contest request
Morant even impressed current players in the NBA. Donovan Mitchell tweeted out with hopes of convincing Morant to do the NBA Dunk Contest. The All-Star weekend competition currently has one more available spot. While fans and current players have pushed Morant to do the contest, it doesn’t look like it will happen.
Still, it’s good to wonder what that experience would look like.
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