WATCH: Kennedy Chandler Executes the Steal & Slam in NBA Summer League Play

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    With time winding down in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies vs Timberwolves NBA Summer League game on Sunday, VFL Kennedy Chandler did a very Kennedy Chandler thing.

    As he did a number of times during his lone season at Tennessee, Chandler locked down his defender and pulled off an impressive steal and slam dunk in transition.

    As 6-foot-6 Kahlil Whitney started dribbling the ball down the court, Chandler was right there in his way from the jump. Chandler’s waving arms were enough to pick the pocket of Whitney. The Minnesota forward stumbled forward as Chandler scooped the ball up and dropped down the slam dunk all alone in transition.

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    This isn’t even Chandler’s first highlight steal of the short NBA Summer League, though. During the Grizzlies’ opening game on July 5, Chandler had a terrific clean steal against former Vol standout Jaden Springer. Although the two former freshman phenoms barely missed out on crossing paths in Knoxville, the two certainly crossed paths on the NBA court.

    Chandler has played in four of the Grizzlies’ five summer league games so far:

    • vs Philadelphia – July 5
      • 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, +10, 50 FG%
    • vs Oklahoma City – July 6
      • Did Not Participate – Coach’s Decision
    • vs Utah – July 7
      • 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, -1, 40 FG%
    • vs Los Angeles Clippers – July 9
      • 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, -20, 27.3 FG%
    • vs Minnesota – July 10
      • 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, +1, 18.2 FG%
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.