Somebody drop 100
On this day 50 years ago, March 2 1962, Wilt ‘the Stilt’ Chamberlain scored 100 points in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. Wilt hit 28 out of 32 free throws that evening and used his dominant size to score in the paint every time he saw the ball down there.
After attending Kansas University, Wilt was a 4 time NBA MVP, 2 time NBA Champion, and 13-time NBA All-star. Wilt was 7-1 265 at a time when guys weren’t that big, could move around, and had big time skills.
During Michael Jordan’s career, the only thing he didn’t do was score 100. I always thought as a kid that one day Mike would drop 101 because he was just that great. The most he ever scored was 69.
Kobe Bryant came the closest when he dropped 81 points in Toronto in 2006. According to Kobe, he would have had 9o had he not missed some easy shots.
A post player like Wilt could never get 100 today because of zone defense and doubles. Whoever coached that game against Wilt that night should have been immediately fired afterwards. Chamberlain also average 50 points in a season, which would never happen with today’s size and coaching.
Maybe it won’t happen in my lifetime, but someday somebody is going to score 100 points in an NBA game again. All records get broken, but if it happened it wouldn’t be a post player. It would have to be a guard or wing player who catches fire and doesn’t pass.
While it’s never likely, here’s a list of active players highest marks…
Kobe Bryant – 81, 65, 62,61, 60. Bryant still leads the NBA in scoring at 28.5 points per game but his best chance to get 100 is probably behind him at 33 years old.
Tracy McGrady dropped 62 in ’04 against the Wizards and is still playing. Although there’s no chance of him ever matching that, he deserves credit for filling it up.
LeBron James scored 55 against the Bucks and 56 against guess who, the Raptors. The King just isn’t the type of player who is going to shoot enough to put up 100. He’s too good of a playmaker and distributor to take the volume of shots needed. Could he get 100 if he wanted to? Probably.
Brandon Jennings had a 55 points outburst during his rookie year. Who knows how much he will improve and he’s only 22 years old. 100 could be in his future, doubtful but you never know on one of those nights where the sub-par Bucks have no option. He might be chasing 55 for the rest of his career, but his ability to light it up is proven.
Kevin Durant had 51 in OT and if Russell Westbrook is ever out for a game, then this guy might have a chance. Especially if the game is played at the Amway Center in Orlando, where he consistently shuts the gym down.
Carmelo Anthony dropped a 50 spot against the Rockets. My favorite player obviously and I believe he’s the best scorer in the NBA. It was more likely for him to get 100 in Denver.