Age: 28 Height: 6-9 Weight: 220 lbs School: Fresno State
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo leaped over an NBA Hall of Famer en route to a memorable victory in the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday. Diallo stunned the Charlotte crowd on All-Star weekend after flying over Los Angeles Lakers great O'Neal, who stands at 2.16metres tall. With Thunder team-mates Russell Westbrook and Paul George watching from the sidelines – and wearing a Superman t-shirt underneath his Thunder jersey – Diallo got the arena on its feet as he finished with his elbow inside the basket.
Magic Johnson got the Lakers fined for tweets he sent while holding a ceremonial executive title. Once he started running the front office, his blinking at Paul George on national TV contributed to the Lakers getting fined again for tampering. Johnson's praise of Giannis Antetokounmpo drew yet another tampering fine.
Since Jan. 17, George has logged 41.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per 100 possessions on 67.9 true shooting, boasting better assist-to-turnover and steals rates than Durant had in 2013-14.10 There's obviously an enormous difference between playing as hot as George has for a month and doing so for an entire season. Still, his transformation could end up being noteworthy for one key reason: It's the closest thing we've seen to a changing of the guard on the Thunder since Westbrook took over after Durant's departure. For years, Westbrook critics have suggested that he'd give his teams a better chance to win by taking a step back.
This week we highlight the impossible Anthony Davis situation, chill mode LeBron and the thrills of Paul George and James Harden.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook believes Paul George is the "frontrunner" for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award. George is averaging career highs in points (28.7), rebounds (8), assists (4.1) and steals (2.3) for the Thunder this season. The five-time All-Star is shooting 45.4 per cent from the field and 41.3 per cent from three-point range.