Washington Wizards point guard John Wall already made the District of Columbia proud after he earned the first All-Star appearance for the “home team” since former Wizards forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were named to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
But Wall made Washington fans even prouder Feb. 15 by becoming the first Wizards player ever to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Under a new team-oriented format, Wall was paired with two teammates from the Eastern Conference: Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Terrance Ross of the Toronto Raptors. Wall, George and Ross were matched up against the Western Conference’s Damien Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Ben Maclemore of the Sacramento Kings and Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors.
George and Ross both pulled off sensational dunks to help the East claim the 2014 Dunk Contest title, but it was Wall’s spectacular dunk that stole the show.
Using the Wizards’ mascot, G-Man, as a prop, Wall leaped over the head of G-Man while simultaneously snatching the ball out of G-Man’s hand before double-pump reverse-slamming it through the rim. Wall then began doing the famous “Nae-Nae” dance with George and G-Man in celebration as the Super Dome crowd jumped to its feet in cheers.
“I did it for my mom who is in the hospital sick right now,” said Wall, who was named the Sprite Slam Dunker of the Night.
Wall said that he got his idea for the dunk from watching YouTube videos.
“It was only my second time doing it,” Wall told Washington Post’s Michael Lee. “I just felt comfortable with myself and I knew it was a dunk that hasn’t been done before. And I knew it was the main thing with coming up with creativity, and it worked out in my favor.”