If the #DriveByDunkChallenge supplants the #MannequinChallenge and the #MaskOffChallenge as the latest viral sensation to hit social media, NBA All-Star center Anthony Davis probably deserves a share of the credit. In short, the latest “challenge” involves participants filming themselves driving to and performing various dunks on unsuspecting residents’ driveway basketball courts.
Brooks D. Babineaux and Randall Babineaux are largely credited with the first #DriveByDunkChallege video, which appears to feature Brooks completing a simple, one-handed slam on a home court.
As of 1:00 p.m. ET on July 22, searching the #DriveByDunkChallenge hashtag on Instagram yielded 859 posts, with dunks ranging from intricate windmills and alley-oops, failed Parkour-inspired attempts, and cameos from an All-NBA big man, the last of which you can see above.
In 2015, the New Orleans Pelicans inked Davis to an estimated five-year, $145 million contract extension. They’d probably prefer their franchise cornerstone not risk a random injury on someone’s backyard court.
As it currently stands, there’s a bit of a University of Kentucky connection. Davis led the 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats to their eight NCAA Men’s Championship, and the team’s then and current coach, John Calipari also recently got in on the #DriveByDunkChallenge action.
A heralded coach, recruiter, and noted Drake fan, Calipari recently uploaded a clip of himself executing a garden-variety two-handed dunk on an unsuspecting resident somewhere in the suburbs of Lexington.