Brewer: Most unlikely 50-point scorer ever?
April, 12, 2014
By Ryan Feldman | ESPN Stats & Information
What do Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Rick Barry and Corey Brewer have in common?
They’re the only players in NBA history with at least 50 points and six steals in a game (steals became official in 1973-74).
Jordan accomplished the feat three times. Iverson was the last to do it in 2004-05.
You read that right: Corey Brewer has joined the 50-point club, scoring 51 in a win against the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Where does Brewer’s performance rank among the most unlikely 50-point games in NBA history?
Brewer is the sixth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in a game without having previously scored 30 points in a game.
The lowest previous career high for a player to score 50 points in a game was 26 by Terrence Ross (earlier this season for the Toronto Raptors) and Tony Delk (in 2000-01 for the Phoenix Suns).
Brewer, in his seventh NBA season, is the most experienced player ever to score 50 points without having previously scored 30.
The only other players to score 50 before ever scoring 30 among players with at least two full seasons of NBA experience were Delk (fifth season in 2000-01) and Willie Burton (1994-95 season with the Philadelphia 76ers was his fifth season).
Brewer averaged 9.9 points per game in his career entering Friday, the fifth-lowest career scoring average for a player at the time of scoring 50 points. The lowest was Ross, who averaged 7.4 before scoring 51 back in January.
Brewer now averages 10.0 points per game, the fifth-lowest career scoring average for any 50-point scorer (including every career game for players after they scored 50). The lowest on that list? Walt Wesley (8.5 career points per game), who joined the 50-point club with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1970-71 season.
And let’s not forget about a few other notables:
Tracy Murray, who scored 50 for the Washington Wizards in 1997-98, averaged 9.0 points per game for his career.
Phil Smith and Phil Chenier both joined the 50-point club in the 1970s before ever scoring 30 in a game.
Dana Barros had eight 30-point games, all for the 76ers in 1994-95, his only season averaging more than 13.3 points per game. That season, he scored 50 against the Rockets on 21-of-26 shooting.
But perhaps Brewer’s performance was the most rare of all 50-point scorers, because he had been in the NBA for nearly seven full seasons without ever scoring 30 in a game, something that can’t be said for anyone else in NBA history.