By Roscoe Whalan.
Wilt. Kobe. Jordan. NBA greats that have dropped 50 points in a game are known by just one name.
Now, you can add “Mo” to that list.
That’s right, Mo Williams, the 47th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft dropped 50 big ones last night.
Mo went bananas in Indianapolis dialling in 52 points – including 21 in the last quarter to propel the lowly Timberwolves to their first win in 16 starts.
The shock came in two equally stupefying parts. First: Mo Williams is still in the league? And then secondly: How the hell did he just drop 52?
Yes, that’s right, Mo Williams, the guy who was last relevant the first time LeBron was in Cleveland.
It took six teams and 12 years before Williams reached the milestone. No one believed you were a starter, Mo. Well, I guess you just proved them wrong. 52 points for the team with the second-worst record in the NBA. Well done.
Forget the Big Ticket. Forget Kevin Love and forget Corey Brewer’s equally random 51 last season.
The Most Points in a Single Game for the Minnesota Timberwolves record now belongs to Mo Williams.
Some guys were born to score 50 and some were born to randomly score 50. Is this just a Timberwolves phenomenon or are there other unlikely candidates who could possibly join the club?
The 33rd pick in the 2010 Draft, Hassan Whiteside debuted in October 2010 but didn’t score his first NBA point until more than two years later. Now, the Miami Heat have taken a flyer on the 7-footer and it’s paying dividends. Whiteside crushed DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers last week to tune of 23 points and 16 rebounds in just 29 minutes! Give the man 48 minutes and let it rain!
When people say they “want to be like Mike”, it’s wholly unclear whether they mean Michael Jordan or Mike James. The 6”2 beast has shown off his offensive exploits for eleven NBA franchises in his storied career but no team knows Mike better than Toronto. Yes, it was Mike not Vince who was the first Raptor to dropped 30 or more points in four straight games back in 2006. He could do that and more – if only he could get a call up from the D-League.
A formidable scorer during his time in Chicago. Ben came excruciatingly close to 50 big ones back in 2007. Since then, he lost his mojo in Detroit before being given the unenviable task of dragging the team formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats out of the cellar following it’s 7 win season. However, the soul-searching is over and Gordon’s now landed in Orlando but has he still got the Magic in him?
There must be something about signing in Detroit Pistons that just ruins careers. Like Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva joined the Pistons in the summer of 2009. As a rookie in Milwaukee Charlie V torched the Raptors for 48 – just two shy of the elusive 50. Since he signed with Detroit? He’s only hit 30 twice.
The Cookbook is averaging a modest 7.5 points per game in his first season with the Utah Jazz but after pulling this one out of his bag of tricks last week, I’m convinced Trevor could do anything.
Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7