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Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant skies in warmups, pulls off Vince Carter elbow dunk

Youth and fresh legs can put hops in an NBA player’s steps.

Perhaps inspired by the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk during All-Star Weekend, Rookie of the Year candidate Ja Morant staged an ad-hoc, one-man dunk contest during warmups for Memphis vs. Sacramento on Thursday night.

Watch this sky-high, between-the-legs alley-oop reverse finish, and then a picture-perfect rendition of Vince Carter’s famous elbow dunk from the legendary 2000 contest, here punched through off a bounce pass:

Morant was a bit more down to earth in the actual game. In the third quarter, he had two points and two assists in 13 minutes of play.