James White will finally take flight. The New York Knicks' journeyman wing will at long last get to show off his hops in the NBA Slam Dunk contest, along with Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried, Terrence Ross, Gerald Green and Jeremy Evans.
If preposterous dunks were all it took to make an NBA player, White would have been an All-Star years ago. Unfortunately, that's not the way it works: now 30, this is White's first season as a full-time NBA player: a second round draft pick out of Cincinnati in 2006, he played mainly in the D-League in 2006-2007 with the Spurs, playing in only six games, and now averages 6.7 minutes as a deep reserve for New York, scoring 1.8 points per game.
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In between those NBA stints, White spanned the globe, winning dunk contests everywhere he went. He's played in Turkey, Italy, and Russia, even winning a dunk contest in the D-League, but hasn't been on a roster long enough to make the NBA competition.
Now's his chance. Word leaked in December that the players' union had contacted White about competing, and Carmelo Anthony has publicly voiced that White should participate.
And now we have a chance to spend about an hour watching James White dunk on YouTube.
White's signature is taking off from the free throw line - or behind it, like he did here in the 2009 D-League Dunk Contest, which he won:
Hopefully he hasn't lost a step from his college days: here he is at Cincinnati, going through the legs - !!! - from the free throw line:
He won the college contest in 2006, although you shouldn't watch this video with the sound on if you can't listen to Ghostface at work:
JESUS. Oh, and in warmups for that contest, he almost killed himself by smashing his head into the rim trying to throw down a badly-passed alley-oop. Don't you hate it when that happens?
He won the Turkish contest with this free-throw line windmill:
In case you think there's no competition in those Euro league dunk contests, he beat one-time NBA winner Gerald Green in Russia:
His NBA resume is pretty limited: here's two jams from his six-game stint with the Spurs:
And some big air on a breakaway earlier this year:
If you don't think James White should be in the dunk contest yet, you don't understand how gravity works.