Andrew Wiggins’s 360 degree dunk video may have been a sham, but here’s the real thing

LeBron isn’t the only basketball player making headlines in Cleveland. Earlier this week, number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins earned some of his own when he pulled off what has been described as “a 360-Degree, Behind-the-Back Dunk” while warming up for the Cavaliers:

@22wiggins is loose for today's #NBASummer action!

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Just one problem: that’s no 360 degree dunk. Yes, it was very nicely done, and I certainly couldn’t pull it off (duh), but he hardly spun 360 degrees in the air. I can’t argue this better than the first comment posted on the above article:

Just because a baller twirls in the air, it’s not a 360. It was a 180-degree dunk. Nowhere near a complete circle. Pause the video at the moment his feet leave the court. Look where his face is pointing. Away from the basket. For that to have been a 360, his face would have had to have returned to that same position during the dunk…instead, it’s squared up, FACING the rim. 180-degrees from the start. I know…details suck.

I’ll file this one along with the hundreds of other “360-degree” dunks on youtube from math wizards and the visually impaired.

I am going to refrain from making a joke about the ability of scholar athletes to calculate 360 degrees, both because that’s been done, and also because Wiggins never claimed he spun in a full circle, and will instead attempt to mollify you.

Here, want to see Andrew Wiggin* spin 360 degrees and shoot — repeatedly? Watch this:

*You might better know him as Ender


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