Mo Williams is quite potentially one of the worst basketball players on the planet. His “I’m going to retire” Twitter rant/temper tantrum after Lebron left Cleveland for Miami was one of the more embarrassing things I’ve ever seen (reality television not included). Ever since that night, I’ve thrown shade towards Williams in every which way you could imagine. Everyone I’ve ever had more than an hour basketball discussion with is well aware of my disdain towards this person I’ve never even met.
So when I was walking out of work last night, checking my phone for the first time, I see a texts from numerous friends of mine that say things like “mo williams had 52 points tonight lmao” and “52. Your boy”.
I let out a guffaw on the public streets of Chicago’s West Loop that Kang and Kodos heard all the way in outer space.
What does it mean that a player like Mo Williams could score 50+ points in an NBA game? Turns out the feat has been accomplished by several random, long forgotten about players. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf anyone?
Even as recently as last season, Terrence Ross and Corey Brewer attained membership cards to get behind the velvet ropes of the 50 Point Club.
So I took an afternoon and scoured through all the VIP’s in the Modern NBA’s 50 Point Club. There are plenty of the usual suspects roaming around grabbing drinks and dancing to late 90s techno music; Kobe, MJ, Lebron, Shaq. But then you look through the window a little deeper, and you start to find some strange characters standing on tables, waving their shirts above their head, and acting a fool like the guy who only drinks on New Years and doesn’t understand 7 Jager Bombs in a half an hour will absolutely annihilate you. Here’s five of them you either didn’t know about or are too interesting to leave out
Tom Chambers 56 Points February 18th, 1990
In an incredibly high scoring game (that’s going to become a theme), the Phoenix Suns defeated the Run-TMC Golden State Warriors 131-113. Tom Chambers, a 6’10 white guy that ran the floor like a 6’5” black guy, dropped a cool 56 points going 19/29 from the field, including 16/19 at the free throw line.
Chambers was a four time All-Star, even earning the 1987 Kia All Star Game MVP (kidding on the Kia part, just wanted to see if you were paying attention), logging 29 minutes and scoring 34 points. By the way, Moses Malone, Dr. J, Barkley, Bird, Isiah, MJ, Magic, Kareem, and Hakeem Olajuwon were also playing in that game. That’s only, ya know, 9 of the 30 best basketball players to ever live. Tom Chambers could play.
Plus any time I can watch a video of one of the best poster dunks of all time, I can’t complain right?
Michael Adams 54 Points March 23rd, 1991
Subtly squeezed in between two 54 point outings by Michael Jordan on Basketball-Reference.com, is Michael Adams’ 54 point aberration.
Who in the blue hell is Michael Adams?
Michael Adams was a 5’10” point guard who was drafted by the Kansas City Kings (yep, the Kansas City Kings) with the 19th pick of the 3rd round in the 1985 NBA Draft out of Boston College. He played 11 seasons in the league with four teams (Kings, Bullets, Nuggets, Hornets) averaging a respectable 14 points and 6 assists per game over his career.
He somehow managed to be an 85% free throw shooter despite shooting them like a 6th grader.
His Nuggets lost 140-136 to the Milwaukee Bucks on the night of his 54 point anomaly. He shot 7/16 from three point land and 17/31 overall on top of 13/17 form the free throw line. Coincidentally, fellow 50 Point Club outlier Dale Ellis (53 points for the Sonics in 1989) was playing for the Bucks that night.
Now the question remains, if a Michael Adams scores 54 points in an empty forest, does it still make a sound? I’m going to go with no
Glen Rice 56 Points April 15th, 1995
Glen Rice was NBA Jam on fire in real life this night.
7 for 8 from three, 9 for 10 from the line, and 20 for 27 overall. Basic arithmetic tells me out of 37 shots combined, the ball didn’t go into the rim only seven times! Seven! Honestly, you can’t even shoot that well in a video game. A virtual representation of basketball just will not allow you to do that.
Rice’s Heat beat the Penny/Shaq Magic 123-117 during a late season nationally broadcasted game. The running mates in the starting line-up with Rice? Khalid Reeves (no relation to DJ Khaled, I looked it up), John Salley, Billy Owens, and Kevin Willis. Dream Team who?
Tony Delk 53 Points January 2nd, 2001
The 1996 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tony Delk scored 53 points in a 121-117 overtime loss to the Chris Webber era Sacramento Kings. Delk went 20/27 from the field, including no three pointers, and 13/15 from the line. With a career 9 points per game, the 6’1” Delk might be the most unlikely member of the 50 Point Club.
What do LeRon Ellis, Alonzo Mourning, Pete Myers, B.J. Armstrong, Randy Brown, Joe Johnson, Milk Palacio, Casey Jacobson, Raef Lafrentz, Chris Mills, Jiri Welsch, Delonte West, Alan Henderson, and Jason Terry all have in common? I know what you’re thinking, and no it isn’t just a list of players better than Mo Williams. Those were all guys involved in trades for Tony Delk. It’s like Seven Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon, except somehow not as cool.
Andre Miller 52 Points January 30th, 2010
Professor Andre Miller is somehow still managing to get into the lane in 2014 despite being an original member of the ABA. In a 114-112 overtime victory over Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks, Miller dropped 52 points on 22/31 shooting.
One of my favorite players to watch of all time, Miller was up to all of his usual tricks that night. Posting up smaller point guards, lulling defenses to sleep running pick and rolls at a snail’s pace, and only managing to shoot one three pointer (which he made). Running with the crack crew of Martell Webster, Jarryd Bayless, Juwon Howard’s corpse, and a young LaMarcus Aldridge, Miller helped the Blazers to score 114 points despite only recording nine assists as a team.
The best part is Miller is still getting away with the same garbage moves in 2014. He comes off the Wizard’s bench and torments back-up point guards who have no clue how to defend a guy with their back to the basket. He gets to the wing and backs down guys with zero intention of ever taking a shot, and somehow draws double teams. It’s an old man’s game and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.