J.J. Barea has made a damn good NBA career for himself despite being approximately 4’9″ tall. However, one of the downsides of being so vertically-challenged is that you’re going to be on the wrong side of some hilarious highlights from time-to-time. Sadly for J.J., this is one of those times.
Barea and Puerto Rico were taking on Canada in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup on Wednesday evening in San Juan. Canada has several noteworthy NBA names on its roster, led by reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. In case you hadn’t heard, Andrew Wiggins is pretty good at dunking. Barea found this out firsthand on Wednesday night.
I don’t know what J.J.’s plan was here, but I can tell you with certainty that it was a bad one. I suppose he was trying to help from the weak side like a hero and take the charge for his country, but failed to account for the fact that Wiggins is fully capable of just jumping over him completely.
Wiggins also essentially jumped from outside the paint and finished this dunk with very little difficulty, which is bordering on unfair. The Timberwolves might be terrible this year, but at least we know that between Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Karl Towns, they’ll be good for their fair share of highlights.
As the Vine’s caption says, smile for the photo, J.J.!