Not many people had heard of Mac McClung before Saturday night, but now he’s one of the hottest draws in all of basketball.
McClung is a G-Leaguer who gained notoriety in high school for his jumping ability and crazy dunks: He played college baseball at Georgetown and Texas Tech, but hasn’t been able to play long in the NBA.
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In fact, he only has two NBA games to his credit, with two different teams.
But the Philadelphia 76ers knew about his jumping ability and signed him to a two-way contract last week so he could compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and he didn’t disappoint.
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McClung put on perhaps the best show the contest has ever seen, scoring 999 of a possible 1,000 points with his four crazy dunks.
Now, he’s an overnight sensation in the NBA, and people want to see him play. The Delaware Blue Coats, the Sixers’ G-League team, have seen their sales grow five times the daily average since the dunk contest, a Blue Coats spokesman said. receiving sports.
The 22-year-old also signed a sponsorship deal with Puma and is now credited with «saving» the dunk contest. The NBA has said that it was the most watched dunk contest in history.
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Who knows if the performance will earn legitimate playing time with the Sixers, but if they call it, can you blame anyone for buying tickets just to watch him dunk in pregame warmups?