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Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 12:19 pm  |  81 responses

Andrew Wiggins Posterizes Helpless Defender (VIDEO)

On his 18th birthday, the Canadian phenom puts the icing on the cake.

Over the weekend—on his 18th birthday, specifically—Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 player in high school basketball, threw down a vicious dunk at the Beast Athletics Shootout in Oldsmar, FL. In the clip above, Wiggins slithers his way into the lane, gathers his feet and rises for a thunderous slam over a helpless defender. Be easy, Andrew!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    that much air off the pro hop????? DAYUM

  • http://tddaily.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Looked like he jumped off a trampoline…woah.

  • analfissures

    Nice dunk, but pretty weak that he and his teammate had to get in the defender’s face jawing at him on the way back down. Never have been a big fan of people that do that.

  • Chad

    A dunk like that deserves a mean stare down.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ender is that dude.

  • Nella

    Dude is nice, but please stare a little longer at that kid while you shuffle down the court…

  • RKJ92

    Idc what the Raptors have to do to get this kid, but please, please for the love of god do it.. lol, package half our team for the #1 pick to get him, just come play for home! #Miracle

  • Redd

    Was hoping Wiggins would go to the Raps but that’s damn near impossible until Wiggins becomes a NBA FA. Gay is going to become an All-Star I think & that team will not be lower than an 8th seed now I think.

  • RKJ92

    Pretty weak? what are you a little pum pum? that ish’ prolly happened to you, an you a scarred batti now, man up, stare downs are a must in this sport.

  • RKJ92

    Cuz he DUMMIED him!! I would TOO

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    I’m not against it, and I hate how the NBA t’s people up for it but I think only the dunker should be doin it. Like come on man you shouldn’t stare anyone down if you didn’t pull the dunk off

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Unfortunately Gay might have taken us out of the top lottery

  • Paul

    That must fly in Canada, I’d tear his damn ACL if he stared at me like that.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Ever dunked on someone? Because if not, you can’t understand what it feels like. Sometimes guys have to let others know what time it is. Nothing wrong with it.

  • Paul

    Plus, I doubt you have ever dunked on anyone before, being that you must be under 12 years old. Why? Because I know, or at least hope, that if you are older than 12 you are not writing “Cuz” on anything, anywhere, at anytime. You can make that sound when you are technically saying “cause”, but you can’t write it. Nope. Not after 12.

  • Nella

    He can get hyped all he wants, it was a nice dunk. But he’s also a man among kids. He wants to get his team excited, great. But there’s also something to be said for playing it cool and not acting surprised when you do that 9 times a game.

  • DwiggisDewar

    Everyone saying this guy needs to tone down the intensity after some ish like that about 3 weeks after that SI article talking about how he’s too nonchalant. People need to make up they’re damn minds about how they want someone to mould their personality. If you can;t just let someone be them.

  • RKJ92

    I used to play with Andrew Wiggins for one summer when he was younger on a team called CAN6, and we would play against mobile players his size in the states at diff tournaments, and he would absolutely beast them, plz if you get a chance see what he did to Julius Randle if you don’t believe me. The ONLY reason i’m so high on Andrew is because I’ve seen what he can do and to be honest the sky’s the limit for him he has the potential to be great.

  • RKJ92

    I’m actually 21, 6’4 1/2 and I have been dunking since grade 8 thx for your concern though.

  • RKJ92

    Damn straight we do it here, sometimes it results in fights but it’s all about making the dude you dunk on look like a clown, and destroy his dignity. KINDA like the Dikembe finger wave..

  • RKJ92

    I really don’t doubt that too.. :/ I still think we will only be either under, or JUST at .500 next season though

  • Nella

    No worries, I think he is great and his ceiling is very high, and from what I’ve heard he has his head on straight. Just commenting on this one particular highlight, based on what I can see in the video.

  • RKJ92

    I agree completely! Gay might actually be in a Josh Smith type recognition as far as voting is concerned, but still an all-star calibre player. Here’s hoping Raps can land him SOMEHOW though.. I’m sure if New Orleans was able to snag Anthony Davis 1rst overall, or more for you (Derrick Rose drafted to his hometown with like a 1% chance lol) there’s no reason why the commissioner couldn’t help us out ;) lol

  • analfissures

    I’m cool with a stare down, just not with two guys following the other down the court talking smack in his face. To me, that crosses a line.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Yeah that’s why I was a downer on the trade :/ propels us to mediocrity..

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Yeah commissioner fixes the draft order for the sake of good marketing opportunities

  • cecil

    Soon as that movie comes out, this kid is going to have the most appropriate nickname if he is constantly posterizing dudes. I cannot wait!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the book is out. the book has college courses dedicated to it. i think it’s plenty appropriate.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Some of the best moments in NBA history have come from the “hype men” on dunks. I’m thinking about when Jordan dunked on the Hawks and his hype man was doing a lot of pointing and trash talking. Y’all know the clip.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    You stole my nickname! Nah, I’m sure I wasn’t the first one to call him that, but I think he should embrace that nickname with the quickness.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol you might have called him that on SLAM first, but i didn’t get it from you. Ender’s game is literally my favorite book. First time i saw a mixtape about this kid on ballislife i called my dad and told him about him because of his name i was so excited.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    A Metta World Peace elbow from the dude who got dunked on would stop all of that! lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Paul Webster, out here judging people’s age in a comment section based on the use of one word, CUZ he’s a douche.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    When ur the dunker its cool, but when ur the dunkers teammate, GTFOH!!! I think thats the point analfissures is trying to make

  • bill

    Especially that coattail rider on Wiggin’s team that didn’t even do anything.

  • bill

    RKJ92, thinks everyone, including the waterboy, gets to join in on the stare down because “that ish was prolly” all he was able to do.

  • Max

    We call it a Matte World Peace love tap.

  • danpowers

    thats about discipline. i just know that from boxing. if u knock somebody out or down its a feeling like “in yo face” but no need to act cheap like that. it takes alot of discipline to hold back tho lol

  • danpowers

    it aint too bad we have these staredowns. its just a sign of sportsmanship and a good character not to do it

  • Max

    Dayum.

  • Redd

    Yeah but it’d be pretty obvious, I believe we had a lottery pick stowed away. Not sure of the Raps pick situation but with that in mind you may just get him.

    I do feel that maybe our pick for Rose was fixed.

  • LakeShow

    It’s called “been there before.”

  • RKJ92

    You don’t even know me you can’t even feasibly make that statement..

  • RKJ92

    Ya you know how it is when your trying to hype your team and get them going though.. its nice to do it to start a big run, or discourage the other team, I know its technically “unsportsmanlike” but lets be real and not act like Jordan, Bird, Isiah, Dominique, Barkley, ect ect.. never did it

  • RKJ92

    Ya like im in my psychology class I don’t have time to always type perfectly, I really don’t know why guys like him take it so seriously, i’m not a journalist, i’m just an avid basketball fan that enjoys sharing thoughts, and reading what other people have to say contributing to the articles, NOT judging on how someone chooses to type.. ridiculous.. :/

  • roscoe

    totally agree… its sounds like you have been on both sides of the knock out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t dwell on it. when you are the descendant of Merriam Webster you gotta make sure everyone uses their dictionary. It’s good for the trust account.

  • RKJ92

    LOL haha :)

  • cecil

    I know about the book but after the movie the nickname is going to blow up! Hopefully anyway. That’s all I am saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aamir.khuller Aamir Khuller

    True…but personally I think the hype man thing is better suited for Game-winners, like Royal Ivey did when KD beat the Mavs last year, or Quinn Cook when Austin Rivers did it @ UNC

  • davidR

    props for the reference. i preferred the bean series better tho

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh yeah, no doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ender’s game is the first book i ever loved. So i gotta admit, my view on that is and always will be biased.

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    with that being said, Shadow of the Giant, i did not set that book down. i read it cover to cover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I feel like this trash talk happens all throughout the game. You never know that kid could have been jawing at the start of the game ala Byron Russell to Jordan or Ibaka to LJ, lmao or most recently Cuban to Bryant and he paid the piper…….just maybe.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    It’s one of my favorite books as well. I’ve read all of the sequels, and the Bean parallel stories. Kobe actually should have left his nickname as “Bean” in dedication to that book.

  • davidR

    bean’s series is great. liked that they explored what happened to earth after the bugger war

  • davidR

    oh i’m the same man. when i had to read ender’s game for high school, i remember thinking damn they actually let you read good stories?!

    i just never was able to get into the rest of the ender series. just took an entirely different direction. great, great collection of books tho. i really hope the movie does the story justice

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Supposedly OSC has nixed over 10 scripts. 2 of which were his own. And Harrison Ford is playing Graff. I have high expectations.

  • Max

    What are yall talking about?

  • davidR

    whoa, harrison ford?! definitely going to have high expectations.

    i’m curious, cuz isn’t graff short, fat, and generally a slob? not that i expect it to be detail for detail the same, just interested in seeing the ways the tweak the script

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Maybe he’s not Graff. I just judged based on the screen shot / poster thing to announce the movie and assumed that’s who he represented. The kids also don’t look the appropriate age at all.

  • davidR

    ah, i just checked the picture you’re talking about. looks like he is graff, but we’ll see. interesting to see how harrison portrays all of graffs personal problems.

    as for the kids, i’m guessing it’s too hard to find a large number of kids that can act all those complex roles. maybe 5 at most, but not an entire schools worth. damn, i hope this movie is good

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I assume they kind of had to change those things, modern society wouldn’t really accept a short fat military general in a movie, or a bunch of 6 year old geniuses smarter then all their superiors. It’s backwards, but we seem to expect realism within our fiction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lol. pum pum. I dont agree with you on ur point, but good on ya.

  • danpowers

    touché. thats why i quit after some years and stuck to basketball lol

  • danpowers

    there are always some exceptions. im not sure but i think you wont see too much footage from olajuwon or duncan staring guys down. i also know that its part of the game. aint nothing like the lister blister lol. i just see too many cats doing that “just” for pulling a nice dunk. i think just celebrating yourself and shouting like a lion on crack feuls your team up and intimidates the opponents in the same way as staring them down. could be that the young larry johnson also stared his opponents down but i can only remember him celebrating his jams with the crowd. to me thats way more likeable and worthwhile than acting like a bully in elementary school

  • Jpain

    nice dunk, but the dude was much shorter than him… just saying

  • iceman

    ditto, besides we dont no the whole story, ole dude could of been talking a bunch a smack to the future #1 draft pick

  • RKJ92

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHrygsvvQ48 — They need this in the NBA again, idc what people think of it.. but that’s how we play in the streets you get clowned in a play, damn straight you gonna hear it, or get a staredown coming back down the court it’s a killer mentality. On a side note dream talked mad sh*t to players but never went above and beyond that, which I can respect because that would take every ounce of my strength to do so, and I never wanna hear Tim Duncan in this discussion that man is the most boring but efficient player i’ve ever seen.. he’s almost robotic, like its gross 0 personality on the court lol..

  • Redd

    I imagine the movie will be wack.

  • Whoareyou

    Most players that dunk on someone give that same reaction at any level, pros down to High School. Even the “nicest guy in the league” will stare down the defender after a poster.

  • danpowers

    doesnt make it any better

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a book? you should read it. It’s called Ender’s Game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL, except Bean was the ultimate team player. That would have been quite the contradiction.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    But a young prodigy who was alienated from his peers by his immense aptitude and inability to connect on a human level. Now, of course, you’re right that ultimately it was proven that Bean totally lacked ambition and that’s the exact opposite of Kobe, but it’s a better nickname than Black Mamba.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well Kobe’s middlename is Bean. His name is literally Kobe Bean Bryant. So i agree, Bean is more fitting no matter what. And Black Mamba is something a 7 year old would come up with to impress his friends.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk why my comment didn’t come through, or maybe it just isn’t showing up. But i would assume it is easier to sell a movie, even a fictional one, if the principles are easier to grasp.

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    a short, fat, army general, leading genius 6 year old soldiers who are smarter than most adults for war against aliens is a hard concept to buy into, even if it is fiction.

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    make the kids 10-13 and the army general Harrison Ford? That’s something people will get excited about.

  • davidR

    i can definitely see that. weird how it works, isnt it? a fiction movie set in the future about humans at war with aliens, and the public wants realism

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s how it is…or seems to be. and i am guilty of this. i will watch a fiction movie and point out every plot hole, even the ones that are clearly part of the fiction.

  • http://twitter.com/Mk9Life MK9ForLife

    That’s like his best friend though so what do you expect. But yea I would have fought him.

  • Duke

    One other commenter on here said it best, people need to make up their minds. A few weeks back there was a SI article about him being too passive and taking a shot at his intensity towards the game…now he needs to ‘tone it down’? You guys don’t know how much trash is probably talked to him every game, and when you’re the projected #1 pick with all that hype following you around, it’s worse. Everyone wants to take a shot at you.

    And if you really think he needs to ‘tone it down’, you obviously know nothing about this kid. He’s known as humble with his head on straight…one who does act like he’s been there before. Even KD mean mugs a guy when he crowns him. Seems like just because he’s Canadian, Americans use every opportunity to take shots at him, but we all know what happened after that SI article came out. Can’t wait to see him in the NBA crowning guys left n right while the haters shut their mouths.

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