Basketball: Short, 'white guy' Mac McClung stuns NBA All-Stars with high-flying dunk competition win

In 1992, the movie White Men Can't Jump played on the belief that, if you're a certain racial stereotype, you're probably not very good at basketball.

Actor Woody Harrelson was the ficticious Billy Hoyle, a former college star who hustles rival streetballers, who assume he can't play... because he's white.

More than three decades later, American Mac McClung has again shot down that premise, stunning the NBA All-Stars Slam Dunk Contest with a performance that defied gravity and typecast.

Mac McClung in action during NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Mac McClung in action during NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Photo credit: Getty Images

Standing just 1.88m (6ft 2in) - undersized by basketball standards - McClung, 24, has produced three perfect scores en route to victory over New Orleans Pelicans guard Trey Murphy III in the final.

"It kind of feels, ever since the beginning, I was the underdog," he said. "Even when I was younger - just proving yourself right, not others wrong - it brings a little more satisfaction."

"I'm not really what other people think, good or bad, I'm staying the course. My goal is to make an impact in the NBA and I'm just going to keep working until that happens."

McClung hasn't exactly snuck up on the basketball world. His high school dunk videos went viral on YouTube and he has flirted with fulltime NBA contracts, without quite securing his place in the big show.

After a college career at Georgetown and Texas Tech, he currently plays for Delaware Blue Coats in the second-tier G League, becoming the first player from that competition invited to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

His performance has melted social media, with many of the game's biggest names and fans alike now rooting for the underdog.