DJ Stephens was an athletic freak at Memphis, and if you watched an ounce of college basketball last season, you’re very familiar with his above-the-rim exploits. Despite going undrafted – a mild surprise, especially given his NBA-record 46-inch running vertical leap – the skywalker who famously kissed the rim in college has made a tremendous impression on the NBA summer league with highlight-reel blocks and dunks. Here is a collection of said Summer League highlights:
Announcers love him.
Like I said, announcers love him. Most folks just lay this in, right?
He actually jumped early, and then seemed suspended in the air, briefly, waiting for the ball to fall to him.
He did this in warmups before a game. Just get him on a roster this year and he’s your 2014 NBA slam dunk champ.
Here’s the best part – one highlight I saw on TV but can’t find on the internet is Stephens swatting a shot by Andre Drummond (Detroit’s 7-footer) off the backboard. It’s filthy and jaw-dropping, but I can’t find it.