Watch: Willie Cauley Stein nearly topples 'Stifle Tower'

Alex Butler
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein. (Kings/Twitter)
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein. (Kings/Twitter)

March 6 (UPI) -- Who's DeMarcus Cousins?

OK, maybe Sacramento Kings fans aren't going that far yet, but Willie Cauley-Stein is definitely keeping them excited.


Cauley-Stein dropped a dunk-of-the-year candidate last month against the Boston Celtics.

On Sunday, he nearly upped the ante.

With just 0:10.6 seconds left in overtime against the Utah Jazz, Cauley-Stein took a pass from Ty Lawson. He took one step inside the foul line before elevating over Rudy Gobert. Still feet away from the basket, Cauley-Stein pretended the 'Stifle Tower' wasn't even there, extending his arms and trying to slam it home. Cauley-Stein did not convert the basket, but was fouled on the play.

The former University of Kentucky big man made both free throws to give the Kings a 109-108 edge. But Gobert hit a tip-in at the final buzzer to give the Jazz a 110-109 win.


Gobert finished the game with 16 points, 24 rebounds, and three assists. Cauley-Stein netted 15 points and had nine rebounds in the loss.

Gobert later commented on Cauley-Stein's dunk attempt on Bleacher Report's Instagram, saying "would have been nice."

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