Usually, writing about a dunk that didn’t happen would be a waste of words, but this Andrew Wiggins missed dunk—over the NBA’s top shot blocker, Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat—is so incredible, it deserves at least a couple of paragraphs.
With his Minnesota Timberwolves team up 3 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, the second-year star out of the University of Kansas drove past his defender down the left side of the lane, then took off from just inside the free-throw line to elevate over Whiteside, who had rotated over to stop him from scoring. Wiggins gets high enough—his right hand and the basketball are inches above Whiteside’s outstretched arm—but he can’t finish the play. The ball bounces off the rim and the Heat grab it and begin a fast break.
Had Wiggins executed, this would have gone down as one of the best dunks in the past decade. Even with the miss, the athleticism Wiggins displayed was downright terrifying—especially when you recall that the kid isn’t even 21 years old yet. Perhaps he was sparing Whiteside the embarrassment, and if so, he should be thanked.