After going undrafted in 2008, the former Razorback, Sonny Weems, found himself having a pretty decent career in Toronto alongside his best friend DeMar DeRozan and other “Young Onez” teammate, Amir Johnson. During the lockout, Weems grew impatient and wanted to hoop. He ultimately signed a deal with BC Zalgiris, a team based out of Lithuania. And thanks to Yahoo! Sports’ Kelly Dwyer, we now have footage of Weems’s own dunk contest performance from overseas. And let me tell you, the dunks he performs in this video could have earned him a trophy during this year’s dunk contest. Enjoy!
I was a huge fan of DeRozan’s coming out of USC and I’m an even bigger once since he’s entered the league. With what seemed to be a never ending lockout, most of the league’s young players decided to stay outside and away from trouble this summer by forming their own pickup games around various cities and some of the world’s most famous blacktops. The Raptors “Young One” decided to do the same. Now entering his Junior season, he’s poised to finally have that breakout season post his semi-breakout season. With the lockout over and the NBA resuming on Dec. 25, check out a glimpse of what’s to be seen this season from the Future of Toronto.
Behind ‘Melo, DeRozan is my second favorite player in the game today. Forget those comparisons to Vince Carter, I’ve already stated that I believe the Raptors young guard will have a better career than Vincanity when it’s all said and done. After averaging a weak 8.6 points per game as a rookie back in ’09, DeRozan broke out during his sophomore campaign with 17.2 points per contest with a handful of highlights. Now entering his third year, I expect the young homie to average at least 20 points and two handfuls of highlights.
Check out the dope video of some crazy highlights of DeMar this summer during the lockout.
Lost in the Kobe Bryant love fest at The Drew League was this sick heads up play between DeMar DeRozan and rookie Derrick Williams. Watch as DeMar shakes the rook not once but twice for an easy layup before D-Will 2.0 comes down the court and hits DeMar with a SICK crossover for an even easier layup. I’m excited to see what D-Will 2.0 can do in the NBA (if there is a season) because he was an absolute beast at Arizona.
Kudos to the NBA, TNT, and the participating players for putting on a great show last night. Check out this great montage the NBA put together highlighting the night’s festivities. The Atlanta Hawks team won the Shooting Stars contest, Stephen Curry won the Skills Challenge, James Jones won the 3-Point Contest, and Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk Contest. The Dunk Contest was one hell of a show and props to Blake, JaVale McGee, DeMar DeRozan, and Serge Ibaka for showing out. Hit the jump to watch the complete Slam Dunk Contest courtesy of MWP.
I might be jumping the gun a little bit by titling Demar DeRozan’s monster dunk on Tyrus Thomas last night The Dunk of The Year but it was pretty damn filthy. Poor Thomas got dunked on while his owner Michael Jordan was in attendance too.
Last night was one of the worst dunk contests in a long time. All four dunkers didn’t bring any creativity or excitement to the contest. We were all hyped to see Shannon Brown get up in the air but he flopped and didn’t do anything excited. Gerald Wallace did dunks that I’ve seen pulled off at my school’s rec center and Nate was Nate while Demar DeRozan had a couple of highlights but nothing spectacular. I think the highlight of the night was seeing Paul Pierce win the 3-point shootout. Hit the jump for the 1st round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest and the Three Point Shootout.
Nate Robinson returns to this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest to try to become the first ever three time winner of the event. He’ll be joined by the Los Angeles Laker’s Shannon Brown, the Charlotte Bobcat’s Gerald Wallace, and either the Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan or the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Gordon. Although there aren’t any superstars in this year’s event (like LeBron), I think this will still be a solid contest – as each of the participants are athletic as hell and can get above the rim. I’m calling Gerald Wallace to win the event over favorites Nate Robinson and Shannon Brown.