Larry Nance, Jr. was initially the much less heralded of the Los Angeles Lakers two first round picks in the the 2015 NBA Draft. In fact, many panned the selection of Nance, Jr. on draft night, calling it a reach. Nance, Jr. answered those critics with solid minutes off of the bench during the preseason and since entering the regular season rotation for the Lakers. He has been surprisingly effective as a defender as well as a bench celebration master.
What Nance, Jr. has become best known for, however, are his emphatic dunks. From making Nick Young's wild layup attempt look like a brilliant lob pass to hammering home a Lou Williams feed from outside the restricted area, Nance, Jr. has been cleared for takeoff. With his father, inaugural Slam Dunk Contest winner Larry Nance, Sr., in attendance at the Lakers' practice on Wednesday, Nance, Jr. was asked if he had given following in his father's footsteps any thought:
Larry Nance Jr. was asked whether he'd like to participate in Slam Dunk contest like his dad. Said, "I think it would be cool at some point"— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 18, 2015
Larry Nance Sr said Larry Nance Jr. told him that he would roll Sr. out on a wheel chair and dunk on him ...Jr's response: "No comment"— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) November 18, 2015
That would have the potential to be one of the better uses of a prop in Dunk Contest history. Speaking of props the younger Nance could use in the dunk contest, Festus Ezeli:
Defenders really need to stop getting in the way. Nance, Jr. tried to warn them in the preseason:
You can count on that sir https://t.co/EPDdS98tGx— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) September 8, 2015
Maybe Larry could jump over his dad and Ezeli in the dunk contest. That would have to earn a unanimous 10.