US airman wows with windmill dunk at Team USA scrimmage

A U.S. airman shocked Team USA members at the USA Basketball Showcase Thursday by making a windmill dunk during a timeout.

Senior Airman Nathaniel Mills, who is from Georgia but stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, took to the court at the Thomas & Mack Center during one of the scrimmage’s TV breaks. He was one of four men and women honored in USA Basketball’s annual salute to the military.

Mills, in his fatigues and boots, then wowed the crowed — and players — with a one-handed windmill dunk.

The crowd went wild, and NBA star Carmelo Anthony even celebrated on the court with Mills.

“That was the best play of the night,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told the Review-Journal’s Steve Carp. Mills told Carp he “should see me without fatigues and boots.”

Mills’ dunk exploded on social media overnight. A video posted on Instagram by the National Basketball Association had been liked by users nearly 73,000 times by Friday afternoon, and a YouTube video posted by USA Basketball had been viewed about 50,000 times.

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @steph_grimes on Twitter.