Of the 12 50-point NBA video games this season, solely three have include 10 assists, and right here’s the listing:
- Nikola Jokić, 50 factors and 12 assists vs. the Sacramento Kings [February 6]
- Damian Lillard, 50 factors and 10 assists vs. the New Orleans Pelicans [March 16]
- Kevin Porter Jr., 50 factors and 11 assists vs. the Milwaukee Bucks [Last night]
If we performed a sport of, “Which title doesn’t belong?” we all know the reply … it’s Jokić, the one white dude right here. I child!
No, however actually, Porter Jr.’s been by means of some issues since being the thirtieth total decide within the 2019 Draft, like a felony gun arrest earlier this season [charges have since been dropped] which may’ve led to his Jan. 21 commerce from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Houston Rockets. Past that, the proficient swingman — who, once more, was a first-round decide a year-and-a-half earlier — was moved for a top-55 protected second round pick. Since there are solely 60 picks in an NBA Draft, that decide most likely received’t ever really convey.
The USC-alum was additionally an debatable top-five NBA Draft expertise heading into June, 2019 earlier than he fell to 30. He was even voted the biggest steal of the draft by his personal friends.
However as Giannis Antetokounmpo sprained his ankle within the sport’s first minute, Porter rose as much as lead the Houston Rockets previous the in any other case wholesome Milwaukee Bucks 143-136 in regulation. Porter not solely had 50 factors and 10 assists after incomes a high-quality for being a good teammate, he made historical past on a number of fronts. He turned the youngest participant ever to have 50 factors and 10 assists in a sport, the youngest Houston Rocket to attain 50 in franchise historical past, and the fourth 20-year-old to have a 50-point sport. He additionally shot 16-of-26 from the sphere, 9-of-15 from three, 9-of-11 on free throws and was a game-best plus-19 on the ground.
He additionally regarded like a certain other lefty shooting guard who turned a star after being traded to Houston as soon as upon a time.
Notable highlights among the many notable highlights in there:
0:27 — The disrespectful double-crossover to freeze all-world defender Jrue Vacation en path to an off-hand lay in. [Any time a lefty stylishly lays up with his right hand on you, you gotta take the L, bruh].
1:32 — A full-court one-man fastbreak the place Porter Jr. blows by Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez earlier than euro-stepping round Khris Middleton, drawing a foul, and-one!
1:45 — Turning away earlier than the three-pointer is even made.
2:11 — Hitting the three in Lopez’s face and smiling at coach Stephen Silas, who might use one given the primary 12 months of teaching he’s needed to endure.
2:31 — The dagger three over Vacation, who acquired most of Porter Jr. factors early on.
In 23 video games with the Rockets, Porter is averaging 16.7 factors, and 6.4 assists per sport. He’s incomes that “greatest steal of the draft” rep.