50 Unexpected First Dates
Normally you would expect guys like Kobe, LeBron and D-Wade going for 50 on a nightly basis... Michael Jordan was the guy lighting up 50 points during his young career... But the NBA is all about different players and sometimes you don't expect a player like Chris Duhon or Larry Hughes to do "it"... But in the NBA, where amazing happens, anything can happen... Here are some of the guys you least expect who burned a career high of 50 in their solid but not great career...
Andre Miller versus Dallas Mavericks (1/30/10, 52 points)- When Andre Miller, a pass-first point guard who holds a modest 14.5 career scoring average, poured in 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks on January 30, it was one of the most unbelievable statistics in recent NBA history. In the previous three games, he’d scored 15 points combined, and in the two games following the scoring binge, he put up just eight and nine points, respectively. While he’s been an All-Star caliber player for much of his 12-year career, Miller is one of the least likely players to reach the half-century mark.
Willie Burton, Philadelphia 76ers (53 points, 12/13/1994): Remember good ol’ Willie “”Bringin’ the Hurtin’” Burton? Stop lying, because you don’t. He barely lasted eight seasons in the NBA, appearing in just 39 total games over his final three years. But on one magical night, Burton poured in 53 points against his former team, the Miami Heat, on only 19 field goal attempts and a whopping 24 of 28 free throws. It’s not possible to come up with a more random player to put up fifty — not even Tim Burton could come up with a more scary tale. And if you’re wondering, that rookie card on the right sells for 40 cents.
Tracy Murray, Washington Bullets (50 points, 2/10/1998): Murray carved out a 12-year career as a three-point shooting role player, amassing a humble 9.0 scoring average. On a night when Chris Webber and Juwan Howard were out with injuries (shocker), Murray put up 29 shot attempts a short-handed Bullet squad that featured the likes of Darvin Ham, Terry Davis, Harvey Grant, Lawrence Moten, and Chris Whitney.
Tony Delk, Phoenix Suns (53 points, 1/2/2001): Another journeyman with a lowly 9.1 career scoring average, Delk poured in 53 in a loss against his former Sacramento Kings team. A renowned three-point specialist going back to his days at Kentucky, he somehow did so without hitting a single three-pointer, joining Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as the only guards to accomplish that feat in the last 20 years. Something is very wrong with this world when Tony Delk is mentioned in the same sentence as Jordan and Iverson.
Clifford Robinson, Phoenix Suns (50 points, 1/16/2000): The “Robinson scores 50″ headlines probably weren’t that surprising, since everyone just assumed it was David, who’d done so three times in his career. But Uncle Cliffy, who played for 18 seasons in league until the age of 40, became the oldest player in NBA history to score 50 points for the first time at 33 years and two months. He later became the oldest player to get busted for marijuana…three times at ages 34, 37, and 39.
Damon Stoudamire, Portland Trail Blazers (54 points, 1/14/2005): Perhaps as unexpected as Miller’s 52, “Mighty Mouse” scored 54 points during a renaissance 2004/05 campaign. The man who once tried to pass through an airport metal detector with marijuana wrapped in aluminum foil, also made Antoine Walker jealous by hitting five of his NBA record 21 three-point attempts in one game that season. Stoudamire was soon traded to Memphis and later signed with the Spurs, averaging 7.4 points over the next three years.
Dana Barros, Philadelphia 76ers (50 points, 3/14/1995): If this were baseball, Barros’ fluky and undeserved 1994/95 All-Star campaign, in which he averaged 20.6 points and 7.5 assists on a 24-58 Sixers team, significantly above his career marks of 10.5 and 3.3, would raise a lot of eyebrows. Even more amazing than his 50-point game, might be Barros’ 25-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound triple-double against the Magic. Yes, that Dana Barros. Then again, his best teammates were an aging Jeff Malone and the legendary Clarence Weatherspoon, so, yeah…
Recent one- Brandon Jennings in his 7th game put up 55 and hasnt reached 30 since then. Hopefully that great game wont be his best career highlight
as soon as i read the title, i thought of willie burton. I was ready to type up his name and educate, but there he was already listed. Not too many guys score 50 in this league. Cedric Ceballos did it for the lakers,of course he was an all-star that year so i guess not unexpected.
did you write this fizer?
Gotta Put Cj Watsons 40.
Great post and well written.
yep but with a little help of basketball research... I needed to know some other players aside from andre miller, burton and delk and I just recently found out about dana barros scoring 50... Of all people...
How about Steve Blakes 14 assists in a quarter?
This is a great post. Make you wonder just how many players can score 50, if only they got playing time and shots.
why are tony delk, big dog, and damon stoudemire in there... they were all really sweet
Delk was a go to guy at Kentucky so i was not shocked. He was an undersized shooting guard like eddie House. To me he was Ben Gordon before Ben Gordon but combo guards were not as big back then as they are now. He may be still playing but I think there may have been attitude issues where he felt he deserved more because dude could score when given minutes. Murray was a shooter that was able to take shots and seen he shot a good percentage anyway, it was just one of those nights. I actually believe both players i mentioned could do it again. Some of those other guys not so much. Maybe Stoudamire but he is a chunker so it is not like he should be shooting that much. When Delk scored that much he shot i think around 70 percent for that game or better not sure on the number.
Great post, just goes to show why all these guys are pros. *Almost* any NBA player on any given night can score 25-50 if given the minutes and a lucky shooting night, poor defense from the opposing team doesn't hurt either.
Just food for thought, I'd be interested in some sort of poor mans all star game, with some of the leagues best 6th men.
Bstar405 now that would be an interesting all-star game I am thinking the lineups would be like this.
PG: Ben Gordon
SG: Jamal Crawford
SF: Al Harrington
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Brad Miller
PG: Jason Terry
SG: JR Smith
SF: Donte Green
PF: Lamar Odom
C: Anthony Tolliver
This was not easy to come up with, and I definitely missed guys.
u throw me off with the headline...lol...but great post...
I was expecting a sequal to the classic Adam Sandler romantic-comedy...
the thing is about Millers 52 points is: he only took one three pointer and didn't even take 10 free throw attempts to get that amount.
My bad... Of all crap! How could I forget about Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's explosion against the Utah Jazz! Addition to those guys there in the list... Abdul-Rauf's 51 point outburst, including the pivotal 28 seconds where he scored the last four points to lead the Nuggets to a 124-119 victory... Abdul-Rauf was one of my main guys I'd loved to watch... He had that sick handles and great speed as a 6'1 PG...
Decent list knicksfan7, no one can deny that would still be an amazing game.