NBA star who won Dunk Contest and has earned $15m during career wakes up unemployed despite being in prime years

A majority of the NBA’s top free agents have already been signed, but there are still a few names out there that can make a difference.

Hamidou Diallo is a former Slam Dunk Contest champion but is still a free agent as the NBA season nears.

Hamidou Diallo won the 2019 Slam Dunk Contest

Hamidou Diallo won the 2019 Slam Dunk ContestCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He jumped over NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal in one of his attempts

He jumped over NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal in one of his attemptsCredit: AP:Associated Press

Diallo played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons

Diallo played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit PistonsCredit: Getty
The 25-year-old former second-round pick was a consensus five-star prospect and one of the top-rated players in 2017.

Diallo played college basketball for coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 10 points per game while starting 37 games in his lone season as a freshman.

After college, he was drafted with the 45th pick by the Brooklyn Nets but was immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite getting limited playing time in his rookie season, Diallo flourished with highlight dunks, catching the attention of the NBA world.

With his sensational slamming ability, Diallo got the call to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest in his rookie year.

Diallo put on quite the performance on his way to winning the competition, even jumping over NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal in one of his attempts.

But even with his dunking ability, Diallo struggled to carve a role out in OKC.

In his third year in the NBA, Diallo was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

For the last two seasons, he’s averaged a modest 10 points for the franchise.

Now, he’s left without a team.

In the summer, Diallo spent time in Guinea, hosting a basketball clinic while giving back to the local hospital and orphanages.

He captioned a post while in Africa, saying: “Love.”

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