Derrick Jones Jr. Certainly Appears Ready to Challenge Aaron Gordon in the Dunk Contest

Bryan Brandom
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We've covered mystery dunker Derrick Jones Jr. before.

Once when he was named to this season's NBA dunk contest despite having just 11 minutes in the league under his belt at the time, and once when he abused this poor, poor rim while attending UNLV.

But in both instances, we only saw Jones' in-game dunking abilities. As last year's dunk champ and runner-up, Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon, will tell you, contest dunking is a whole different beast—one that requires creativity and practice to master, rather than a head of steam and the ability to outjump the world.

But if Jones' dunk during layup lines before his Phoenix Suns fell to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night—an extremely casual through-the-legs 360—is any indication, he looks ready as hell.

Here are some clips of Jones trying out some contest-style dunks back in October, courtesy of Team Flight Brothers.

And here's Jones, who will turn 20 on Wednesday, dominating a dunk contest in high school back in late 2014.

I shutter to think how much better he's gotten in over two years since.

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