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.
Stats on Tapp
San Antonio Spurs guard Bryan Forbes earlier this week had a game where he attempted five three-pointers and made all of them. He became the fifth NBA player this season to go five-for-five in three-point attempts in a game.
The NBA record for most three-pointers attempted in a game without a miss is nine. Ben Gordon did it twice, while Latrell Sprewell also accomplished this feat once. Four players went eight-for-eight in three-point attempts in a game: Michael Finley, Jeff Hornacek, Sam Perkins and Steve Smith.
There have been 76 NBA games since 1983-84 where a player took six or more three-point shots and made all of them. Two players, Raja Bell and Sam Perkins, did it three times in their careers, while nine players did it twice in their careers (Mike Bibby, Chauncey Billips, Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Kyrie Irving, Chuck person, Wesley Person, Mickael Pietrus and Steve Smith).
The last player to attempt six of more three-pointers in a regular season game and make all of them was Memphis’ Vince Carter in a game last March against the Bucks; Carter went six-for-six from the three-point line in that game.
Players going six-for-six (or better) from the three-point line in a playoff game have happened three times; Robert Horry went seven-for-seven for the Lakers in a 1997 playoff contest… Trevor Ariza was six-for-six for Washington in a 2014 post-season game… and Peja Stojakovic was also six-for-six in three-pointers in a 2011 playoff game for the Mavericks.
Stats on Tapp
Now that Giannis has reached his 23rd birthday, we can take a look back at how his NBA career looks prior to turning 23… and how it compares to other NBA players who had success in the league prior to turning 23.
- … 5,364 points, ninth most career points by an NBA player before his 23rd birthday. LeBron James tops the list with 9,188 points before his 23rd birthday.
- … 2,407 rebounds, eighth most among players before the age of 23. Dwight Howard tops the list with 4,303 rebounds.
- … 1,230 assists, 15th in that stat category before turning 23. James tops this list with 2,231 assists.
- … 394 steals, ninth most before turning 23. James tops this list with 603 steals.
- … 445 blocked shots, tenth most before age 23. Josh Smith tops the list with 797.
- … 10,886 minutes played, fifth most played before his 23rd birthday. James tops the list with 14,067.
Antetokounmpo is one of only 14 NBA players with 300 or more career games played prior to turning 23. He also ranks tied for fourth on the list of most triple-doubles by a player prior to his 23rd birthday with eight. Magic Johnson had 19, followed by LeBron with 14, Giannis’ coach, Jason Kidd, with 11, and Alvan Adams also with eight.
It’s interesting to note that Giannis is one of only three NBA players to have scored 5,000 points, grabbed 2,000 rebounds and hand-out 1,000 assists before turning 23. The others: LeBron and Tracy McGrady. If we add steals and blocked shots to the above three stats, Giannis is one of only two players in history (the other is McGrady) to have 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists, 300 steals and 300 blocked shots before turning 23.
Giannis is certainly making a case as one of the top players in the NBA, but based on his stats above, we can confidently say today, the day after his 23rd birthday, that he has been one of the greatest players in the league prior to blowing out 23 candles on his birthday cake. It’s not too far-fetched to say that no one other than LeBron has had an impact on the NBA prior to turning 23 like Giannis.
Stats on Tapp
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker made all 14 of his free throw attempts in his team’s win over Orlando on Monday night. It was the second time in his career that he attempted 14 or more free throws in a game and made all of them. Walker was the fifth player to accomplish this feat this year; James Harden and Damian Lilliard have each done it twice.
Since 1963-64, a total of 452 players have attempted 14 or more free throws in a game and made all of them. Kevin Martin tops the list with 12 such games, followed by Kobe Bryant, James Harden and Jerry West, each with 10 games where they attempted 14 or more free throws and made all of them.
Dominique Wilkins holds the league mark since 1963-64 with the most free throw attempts by a player who made all of them. He was 23-for-23 in a December 8, 1992 game between his Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls. Five other players have attempted 20 or more free throws and made all of them in a game: Kevin Durant (2013) and Deron Williams (2012), each were 21-for-21… and Kobe Bryant (2009), Richard Hamilton (2004) and A’mare Stoudemire (2008), each were 20-for-20.
Stats on Tapp
If you take a look at the list of NBA players who are averaging 20 or more points this season, you will see a lot of familiar names. In fact, of the 25 players averaging 20 or more points per game (ppg) this year through games of November 28, 21 finished last season with a points-per-game average of 20 or more.
The four players who did not average 20 or more points per game last season but are averaging 20 at this point this season are Kristaps Porzingis (27.0 this year/18.1 last season), Victor Oladipo (23.0/15.9), LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2/17.3) and D’Angelo Russell (20.9/15.6). Of the 25 players who are averaging 20 ppg this year, Porzingis has the biggest jump… 8.9 ppg from last season to this year.
Of the 25 averaging 20 ppg this year, Russell Westbrook has the biggest drop, 10 points over last season… he is at 21.6 ppg this year and finished last season at 31.6.
Stats on Tapp