Last Tuesday, Mo Williams made headline news after scoring 52 points against the Indiana Pacers. The Minnesota Timberwolves had lost 15 games in a row, so it took a herculean effort by Williams to help lead the Wolves past the Pacers on the road for a 110-101 victory.
What makes Mo’s 52 points so remarkable is that he is 32-years-old and past his prime as an eleven-year veteran. Mo has never averaged more than 17.8 points per game in a single season and this year, he is only averaging 12.9 points per game. Mo has always been an offensive threat, but he has never been the type of threat that would even make him the second best option on a team. He has always been more of a role player that could score off the bench; a spark akin to the Jamal Crawford’s of the NBA. So, when he went off for 52 points last week, it raised a lot of eyebrows because it is this season’s highest scoring mark.
Only 108 players in NBA history have ever scored 50 points or more in a single game. Of course Jordan has done it 31 times, Wilt has done it 30 times, and Kobe has done it 24 times. But those are the types of players that you would expect to be on a list like this. What you would not expect to be on this list is a player like Andre Miller or Tony Delk. Yet, NBA players are NBA players for a reason. You do not make it to the NBA unless you were a dynamic scorer at least one point in your career, whether it was in high school, college, or the pros. So, when a completely random NBA player scores 50 points in a game, it should not surprise us.
Below is a list of some of the most unlikely people that you thought would score 50 points in a single game over the past couple decades.
10 Tracy Murray – 50 Points
Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors
Career Scoring Average: 9.0 ppg
9 Dana Barros – 50 Points
Philadelphia Sixers vs. Houston Rockets
Career Scoring Average: 10.5 ppg
8 Charles Smith – 52 Points
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets
Career Scoring Average: 14.4 ppg
7 Willie Burton – 53 Points
Philadelphia Sixers vs. Miami Heat
Career Scoring Average: 10.3 ppg
6 Tony Delk – 53 Points
Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings
Career Scoring Average: 9.1 ppg
5 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf – 51 Points
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz
Career Scorer Average: 14.6 ppg
4 Clifford Robinson – 50 Points
Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets
Career Scoring Average: 14.2 ppg
3 Andre Miller – 52 Points
Portland Trailblazers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Career Scoring Average: 13.0 ppg
2 Terrence Ross – 51 Points
Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Career Scorer Average: 9.3 ppg
1 Corey Brewer – 51 Points
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets
Career Scorer Average: 10. 1 ppg
On April 11th, 2014, Corey Brewer went off for 51 points against the Houston Rockets, which was 24 points more than his previous career high of 27 points. What is so remarkable about what Brewer accomplished is that he only made two 3-point shots. The bulk of Brewer’s shots came within 10 feet of the basket. That means that Brewer scored his 51 points much more like a center than a shooting guard or small forward would, which makes his 51 points even more shocking, since Brewer is one of the skinniest players that you will see in the NBA.
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