Pat Connaughton pulls off the rare block-to-dunk
Milwaukee Bucks swingman Pat Connaughton pulled off one of the plays of the game in his team’s 116-113 victory against the Chicago Bulls. Towards the end of the third quarter, the 25-year-old made an impressive defensive stop, which led to a fast break jam for himself on the other end of the floor.
What makes the defensive stance even more impressive was the fact that Connaughton ran all the way from the shaded area to stretch and get a clean block on Shaquille Harrison’s 3-point attempt. Connaughton went on to finish the one-man play with an emphatic slam at their end of the court.
Connaughton was his usual, serviceable self on Wedensday, putting up seven points (3-7 FG), one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 24 minutes off the Bucks bench. On the season, the fourth-year man is averaging 7.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting, 1.2 3-pointers, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 18.3 minutes per contest.
The defensive specialist has been instrumental in Milwaukee’s early-season surge, as the team now finds themselves occupying the second spot in the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record.
After spending the first three years of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Connaughton signed with the Bucks last summer as a free agent. He is currently on a two-year, $3.36 million deal with Milwaukee, and is proving that he is worth much more than the money he is getting paid.