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Tales from the Drought: Derrick Williams’ Deja Vu Dunk

Sometimes a dunk is so good you have to do it twice.

Derrick Williams' tenure with the Kings was short-lived, but for a few weeks right after he was traded to the team, he brought some serious hope. The former #2 pick injected some much needed energy and intensity to the team and for a while there it looked like all he had needed was a change in scenery.

Trading for Williams was one of new GM Pete D'Alessandro's first moves, and the Kings were eager to show off their new acquisition, starting him in his first game with the team as they took on the L.A. Clippers.

Late in the contest with the Kings fighting to get back in the game, Greivis Vasquez found Williams for a backdoor cut alley-oop.  The crowd went crazy but unfortunately the basket was called off as the officials said that the Clippers committed a foul away from the ball before the dunk.  At the time there were no challenges, so all the Kings got was the ball on the sideline.

Williams inbounded the ball out top to DeMarcus Cousins, while Greivis Vasquez set a back pick to free up Williams as he ran to the basket. Cousins threw the ball up and Williams deftly dunked the ball in the same exact spot.  Ball don't lie, baby.

The Kings and Clippers were vastly different talent levels during this time but they always seemed to have entertaining games and this was no exception. Williams' highlights with the Kings may have only been early on, but I'll still cherish this double alley-oop as one of the coolest plays I've seen in person.

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PretendGhost
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August 22, 2022 10:59 am

Boogie/Williams walked so Domas/Keegan could run

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August 22, 2022 12:09 pm

This may be the single greatest moment in Sacramento basketball history. The first go-round was just incredible, it gets waved off, and the Kings just went and did it again.

For a moment, it seemed possible that there was justice in the universe.

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August 22, 2022 12:14 pm

Jared Dudley’s athleticism on display both plays. He looks like how I feel in rec league games lately

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August 22, 2022 1:46 pm

When I first read the title of this article, I thought I was going to open up and see that infamous “other” dunk…
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August 22, 2022 2:22 pm
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That should be for the month of September when the TKH staff present the next summer series: “DARK Tales from the Drought.”

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August 22, 2022 2:24 pm

Amazing, Coke Machine is still just 31 years old, almost exactly one year older than Harrison Barnes, but has been out of the for 5 years.

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August 22, 2022 3:35 pm
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“You shouldn’t be playing 20 minutes a game and not get a rebound. I mean, the Coke machine can get a rebound some nights,”

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August 22, 2022 7:29 pm
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I love Coach Karl !

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August 22, 2022 3:10 pm

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August 22, 2022 9:01 pm

A reminder of how much I disliked Jared Dudley. Like even just his face.
And also Cousins’ antics. Almost equally.

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