Play of the Millenium? J.R. Rider’s circus shot (1995)

Play of the Millenium? J.R. Rider’s circus shot (1995)

Isaiah J.R. Rider is commonly known by the basketball fans across the globe as the NBA’s 1990s slam dunk glider who convincingly won NBA slam dunk contest back in 1994 and was a runner-up in 1995.


Was this J.R. Rider’s play really the best play of the 1990s? Or even the best play of the millennium? 

UNLV slasher who was drafted 5th by Minnesota Timberwolves in 1993 NBA draft helped elevate the NBA All-Star slam dunk competition to the next level, the one bridging Jordan/Wilkins era to Carter/Richardson era, with his unforgettable array of breathtaking slam dunks.

Here’s Isaiah Rider’s 1994 Slam Dunk Contest highlight video:

1994 NBA All-Rookie First Team member also had a complete package of offensive moves which helped him average 16.7 points, 3.8 boards, and 2.7 dimes throughout his nine NBA seasons.

After three-year stints with Minnesota and Portland, Rider tried to fit in Lenny Wilkens’ system in Atlanta, started 6 regular-season games for 2000-01 NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers before concluding his career with 10 outings for the Denver Nuggets in the late fall of 2001.

Interestingly enough, Rider’s unbelievable 1995 circus shot wasn’t included in the following video clip, the 10 Luckiest NBA shots ever:

Murray A. is BN contributor and the author of the book about legendary NBA guard Drazen Petrovic ‘Drazen – The Years of the Dragon’ which can be found here.