Not many people 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 way back in high school for his jumping ability and crazy dunks – he played college ball at Georgetown and Texas Tech but has been unable to get much playing time in the NBA.
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In fact, he has just two NBA games under his belt – with two different teams.
But the Philadelphia 76ers knew of his leaping prowess and signed him to a two-way contract last week, so he could compete in the NBA Dunk Contest, and he did not disappoint.
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McClung put on maybe the best show the contest has ever seen, scoring 999 out of a possible 1,000 points with his four insane dunks.
Now, he’s an overnight NBA sensation, and people want to see him play. The Delaware Blue Coats – the Sixers’ G-League team – has seen sales grow five times the daily average since the dunk contest, a Blue Coats spokesman told Front Office Sports.
The 22-year-old also signed a sponsorship deal with Puma and is now being credited with “saving” the dunk contest. The NBA has said it was the most-viewed dunk contest ever.
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Who knows if the performance will garner some legitimate playing time with the Sixers, but if he does get the call-up, can you blame anyone for buying tickets just to see him dunk in pregame warmups?