Anfernee Simons added a new title to his resume in Sunday night's AT&T Slam Dunk Contest in Atlanta, GA. What started with an impressive score of 46 and a clever two-handed dunk then led to a crowd-pleasing shot honoring Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady for a score of 49 out of 50. His third shot of the evening was just inches shy of a viral sensation as he attempted to kiss the rim during his final dunk, but it was still impressive enough to earn him the night's title. In his debut during the 2021 NBA All-Star game's halftime show, Simons became the Trail Blazer's first AT&T Slam Dunk champion.
According to the NBA, Simons is averaging 8.2 points and shooting a career-high 40.7 percent from three-point range in his third NBA season. The 6-3 guard was selected by Portland with the 24th pick in NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm. Prior to heading to Oregon, Simons was a post-graduate student-athlete within IMG Academy's basketball program.
He became the Academy's second alumni selected directly from the program since 2015.
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