Isiah Thomas had Insane Underrated hops / Wins jumpball against 7’0 Will Perdue
I always considered Isiah Thomas the first player to be great at throwing alley-oops: off the glass oops, off the bounce oops, half court, missionary (I’m not sure if that’s one of them) or any other way of doing it.
Now what made the execution of these oops so impressive and/or difficult is the fact that he played most of his career with guys that would never be mistaken for “high flyers.” Actually, Isiah Thomas probably had the most hops on all of his rosters but because he didn’t show them that often, he rarely gets credited for having them. Even 5’10 Terrell Brandon gets name dropped more when discussing old school short guys with hops and he doesn’t have a memorable dunk to his name.
Thomas had two memorable got hops moments that I can recall. One was winning a jumpball against Bulls center Will Perdue who stands at 7 feet tall and the other is a tip dunk on the Chief.
Go to the 50 second mark of the following video to see him throw down a 2 hand dunk on a fastbreak. Watch the rest of the video to be reminded of how sick his overall game was.