Can you name the last Bucks player to score 30 or more points in a game when he did not start that game? (Answer at the end of this article.)
Having a player who can come off the bench and score a lot of points is a big weapon for any NBA team. One of the best in today’s NBA game is Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams.
Williams this season has three games where he scored 30 or more points in a game that he did not start. Those three games tops the league in that category (in addition to Williams, Utah’s Rodney Hood has done it twice, while Memphis’ Tyreke Evans and Denver’s Wil Barton have each done it once each).
Williams now has 13 career games where he scored 30+ points when he did not start that game, good enough for a top 10 spot in NBA history. Here are the 10 players with the most career games with 30 or more points coming off the bench in that contest.
28: Ricky Pierce
26: Eddie Johnson
19: Ben Gordon
17: Kevin McHale
16: Manu Ginobili, J.R. Smith
14: Thurl Bailey
13: Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Lou Williams
The answer to the above question… Caron Butler. The Racine, WI native had 30 points coming off the bench for the bucks in a game on January 22, 2014. Ricky Pierce holds the Bucks’ record for most points scored in a game by a player who didn’t start that game, 45, in a December 5, 1989 contest.
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