Blake Griffin made dunking over cars famous.
Vince Carter made dunking over people famous.
Guy Dupuy, who calls Miami home, doesn't play in the NBA, but he's taken those famous acts to an entirely different level.
The 6-3, 189-pound French-born basketball star known as Easy J to basketball aficionados has won over 500 dunk contests in over 150 countries.
Punch Dupuy's name into YouTube and highlights of him flying over a Lamborghini for a between the legs dunk or soaring over a line of seven people on his way toward a rim-rattling slam pop up. And those slams are just his latest in a long line of impressive dunks.
Saturday, Dupuy and four more of the world's best dunk artists will participate in The Rise Challenge presented by Kmart here in Miami.
The third leg of the dunk series, which began in Los Angeles two weeks ago and will make stops in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Chicago in the coming weeks, will take place on a customized outdoor basketball venue in the parking lot at the Kmart on 12350 SW 8th St.
The event, which also features free shoe customization stations for Risewear, an exclusive line of performance and casual footwear sold by Kmart, is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets can be downloaded off the Kmart app and doors open at 12:30 p.m.
“It's not just about dunking or basketball -- it's about the movement, interacting with the kids,” Dupuy said of the Rise Challenge series.
“The shoes are about the lifestyle. People are tired of buying Jordans for $200. These shoes are $45.99, more affordable.”
Dupuy, 30, was born in Paris and played in Europe and China professionally before moving to the United States when he was 19. He's lived in South Florida since 2008 and recently moved to Tamarac.
Dupuy said he was 11 years old the first time he dunked on a 10-foot rim. He said his vertical leap off one foot is 56 inches and his vertical off two feet is 52 inches.
“My favorite dunk is the behind the back over the car dunk,” Dupuy said. “I got so many trophies. I used to keep them. Now I give them to kids.”
Dupuy will face some tough competition Saturday.
Porter Maberry (5-5, 140) earned $100,000 for winning TNT's The Dunk King contest in May after he leaped over former Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (7-2, 325) in the finale.
Jonathan Clark, a former high jumper at UCLA who qualified for the Olympic trials in 2012, won the first round of the series in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
Chris Staples, the cousin of Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Woodley, has been featured in Sports Illustrated and plays for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Rise Challenge Dunk Contest
▪ When: Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
▪ Where: Kmart Miami; 12350 SW 8th Street
▪ Who: Taurian Fontenette, Chris Staples, Guy Dupuy, Porter Maberry, Jonathan Clark
▪ Admission: Free