An Aaron Gordon windmill dunk video has emerged as the biggest highlight after the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers battled last night. The latest dunk clip showcases the man that many NBA fans felt should have been declared winner of the All-Star Weekend Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. According to Sun Times Network on March 9, the 6-9 Gordon threw down the vicious windmill slam during a 3-on-3 break against the Lakers at Staples Center. The dunk was completed in the lane through traffic, with the Lakers players getting out of the way and some on the bench even admiring. The highlight play gave Orlando two more points and built their lead to 58 to 54 in the third quarter.
As reported by ESPN.com on March 8, Gordon may have had the highlight of the game, but the victory went to the Lakers 107-98. Rookie D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points with Jordan Clarkson adding 24 points. The team has seemed to have a bit of a recent resurgence after defeating the league’s top team, the Golden State Warriors, in what made Los Angeles look playoff-worthy. The team has been amongst the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference and is out of postseason contention in what has been earmarked as the “farewell tour” season for superstar Kobe Bryant. The former league MVP and NBA champion sat out the win over Orlando but got a courtside seat for Gordon’s throw down.
While the Lakers won this matchup, Orlando still may have a shot at grabbing a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 27-36 they’re about 5-1/2 games behind the Chicago Bulls for the No. 8 spot in the East. Unfortunately, time may be running out with 19 games remaining, but a hot winning streak could certainly help. The team will take on the Sacramento Kings on Friday night on the road and try to snap a three-game losing streak which has also included losses to the Warriors and Suns.
As of this point though, it’s clear that Aaron Gordon has become one of the dunkers to watch in the current generation of the NBA. He seems to have the highlight-worthy jams during games that have been displayed by some of the game’s greats including Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Whether or not Gordon can finally get a dunk contest win is another question, depending on whether or not he puts his name into contention for next year’s championship. As for now, Zach Levine of the Minnesota Timberwolves is a back-to-back champion, despite fans feeling this year was a snub of the young Orlando Magic star.