Ever wonder how many players have scored 50+ points in a game since Jordan entered the league? No? Really!?! What about the number of 50+ games over the last 27 years? No, again? NEVER? That’s weird. I wonder what you DO wonder about. Us, here at Razzball, we mostly wonder about that kind of stuff. We also wonder what others are wondering. This is how we get through the long winters.

Anyway, we mapped out every player with multiple 50-point games starting in 1984. We had two reasons for this. The first is because what better era to begin with than the Jordan Era, and 2) because compiling accurate game log stats pre-1984 is terribly taxing and I have a cat that needs affection. Priorities!

Couple notes:

I have no doubt that Olajuwon laced up his L.A. Gears every game with the intent to never ever let someone drop 50 on his team, so Houston never being on the fuzzy end of that stick doesn’t surprise me, but Seattle/OKC and Indiana being the only other two teams never having been embarrassed like that surprises me greatly.

As Jason pointed out when turning over his research, in the last 27 seasons, LeBron has had the fourth most 50-point games (9), but none of them occurred in front of a home crowd. Dominique Wilkins, on the other hand, ONLY scored in front of an Atlanta crowd. Bernard King also did his monster scoring at home. Frankly, without King, both D.C. and New York would have significantly poorer showings. So, you know … damn you, Bernard King.

The Washington Wizards/Bullets are the only franchise with more than two guys to score 50 points in a game in the last quarter century. Not the Lakers. Not the Celtics. D.C.

Larry Bird did drop 50 against the Hawks on November 10, 1989, but the game was actually played in New Orleans as a ploy to relieve the franchise of sagging hometown attendance. Luckily, such low attendance would only last another decade or five.

  1. Merlin says:

    Woul dlove your comment on my team… love your site. 9 cat roto.

    Pg: M. Conley
    G: Iggy
    SG: Kevin Martin
    SF: LeBron
    PF: David West
    F: Batum
    C: Duncan
    C: Amare

    Util: Marcus Thornton
    Util: Tyrus Thomas

    Bench: R. Stuckey
    Bench: Sean Battier
    Bench: Austin Daye
    Bench: Jonas V (inside Joke – I know he is not playing this year)

    I had one extra pick in the first round due to a trade last year (that is why I have both LeBRon and Amare)

  2. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Merlin: Very solid team. My biggest concern is your assist numbers. Conley is a fine second or third PG, Stuckey is an okay third option and LeBron produces as many dimes as almost anyone in the league, but Stuckey won’t be playing as much PG this season and only saw passing as a last resort anyway. I’d look to shed Battier and Jonas (unless you’re keeping the inside joke going) and pick up some undervalued PGs as soon as they emerge during the season.

  3. Merlin says:

    That is my plan… at least with Jonas.

    I don’t really know who my pg is going to be. Hopefully I can go for middle of the pack with assists. Suprisingly when you look at it because LeBron and Iggy both vcontribute more assists than normal the point guard becomes less important and i should outright tank thant category…

    Any fliers you would take now with a pg? Most are gone.

  4. TJ says:

    Would be great to hear your thoughts on my team. Had the 7th pick in a 12 team, 9 cat, roto league.

    1. (7) Pau Gasol (LAL – PF,C)
    2. (18) LaMarcus Aldridge (Por – PF,C)
    3. (31) Steve Nash (Pho – PG)
    4. (42) Jrue Holiday (Phi – PG)
    5. (55) Luol Deng (Chi – SF)
    6. (66) Wesley Matthews (Por – SG,SF)
    7. (79) Darren Collison (Ind – PG)
    8. (90) Emeka Okafor (NO – C)
    9. (103) Jared Dudley (Pho – SG,SF)
    10. (114) Chris Kaman (NO – C)
    11. (127) Andre Miller (Den – PG)
    12. (138) Omri Casspi (Cle – SG,SF)
    13. (151) Wes Johnson (Min – SG,SF)

    Anything i should look out for? Thanks a lot.

  5. TZ says:

    Give Gerald Wallace and get Paul Millsap. Good trade? I say no.

  6. EK says:

    Here are some of my potential keepers in a 10 team 9 cat H2H keeper league. Any thoughts on who to keep? I’m thinking only the top 4 or 5 listed below.

    Stephen Curry
    Blake Griffin
    Roy Hibbert
    Marcus Thornton
    Andrew Bynum
    Channing Frye
    Wesley Matthews
    D.J. Augustin
    Gerald Henderson
    Toney Douglas
    C.J. Miles

  7. Sawx10 says:

    Just did a 24 team draft last night. How does my team look?

    2 points per RB, -1 for missed shot, -1 for missed free throw. Otherwise standard scoring.

    I drafted in the 17th position:
    PG: M. Conley
    SG: L. Fields
    SF: A. Johnson
    PF: G. Monroe
    C: A. Jefferson

    Reserve: L. Williams, C. Delfino, C. Anderson, R. Evans, E. Kanter

  8. Sarah Palin Rice says:

    10-team, H2H, standard 9-cat, non-keeper

    Just did my 1st real draft of the year, 3 teams weren’t their, I had the 4th pick…what do you think?

    PG- Rose (PG)
    SG- Kevin Martin (SG)
    G- Harden (SG)
    SF- Gay (SF, PF)
    PF- Griffin (PF, C)
    F- Beasley (SF, PF)
    C- Hibbert (C)
    C- Noah (PF, C)
    UTIL- Odom (SF, PF)
    UTIL- Jennings (PG)
    Bench- Augustin (PG)
    Bench- Hickson (PF, C)
    Bench- Cassipi (SG, SF)

  9. Zebo says:

    @everyone: in standard 9 cat H2H keeper league, trade away toney douglas + gerald wallace to acquire brandon knight and javale mcgee?

  10. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Merlin: Oh, yeah. Iggy. My eye glazed over him for a second. I’m not sure who’s left in your league. Beaubois? Brandon Knight? Udrih? Bayless? It looks as if Aaron Brooks will be returning around February. Dragic, maybe.

    @TJ: Solid team. Steals might be a little low, turnovers a little high, but ultimately you’ve got a solid base with a lot of interchangeable parts to stave off a huge hit if an injury occurs. Nice.

    @TZ: Nah. Keep Crash.

    @EK: Keep the first five.

    @Sawx10: Seems like a PF/C-centered league. With 24 teams, this seems extremely solid.

    @Sarah Palin Rice: I don’t love Beasley in your F position, but I kind of dig everything else. Nice spread. It’s a keeper. People are drafting well this season it looks like.

  11. ringo says:

    How about that Chuck Hayes news? Happy to hear he has been cleared of any heart problems. Just got to love a guy who is all hustle, and a selfless team player like Hayes. Wish him the best. And I am not speaking purely for fantasy because I don’t own him anywhere. Although that hopefully will change.

  12. d2bnz says:


    Jrue holiday with the 42nd pick !!! you lucky sod

    Whilst I realise we have yet to begin the season did I see correctly , Blake Griffin 8-10 from the charity stripe ??? could this be sustained??
    Perhaps I didnt punt FT in my razzball league

  13. Zebo says:

    @everyone: in standard 9 cat H2H keeper league, trade away toney douglas + gerald wallace to acquire brandon knight and javale mcgee? Thanks again.

  14. Adam

    Adam says:

    @ringo: Yeah, it sounds like he’s fine. Which is bizarre because three days ago, he was UNFINE enough for the Kings to void his contract. Hayes said he’d consider the Kings again, but that other teams are in the running. Brook Lopez just broke his damn foot, so THEY could suddenly use some meat in the paint.

    @d2bnz: For the record: Preseason. Don’t. Mean. Nothin. That said, Griffin’s FT% before the AS Game: .617. And after: .695.

    @Zebo: Not unless you need blocks on blocks on blocks on blocks.

  15. RashDecisions says:

    There are so many injuries!! These dudes got lazy during the lockout me thinks.

  16. Zebo says:

    @Adam: given how I have brooke lopez on my team, now should I trade toney douglas and gwall to get McGee and Brandon Knight?

  17. tourinct says:

    Hate to admit it, but some of us saw Chamberlain play. It was a better game then.

  18. CL says:

    Should I drop any of the following for Okur in a 12 team h2h league? I’m assuming he’ll be sliding right in for Brook Lopez and logging pretty decent minutes since they have no other reliable options at center.

    E. Turner
    O. Casspi
    J. Fredette
    P. George

  19. Aaron says:

    standard head to head, 9 category league. Who would you prefer..
    Duncan or Hibbert?

  20. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Adam: What kind of average stat-line do you see out of Okur in New Jersey?

  21. Adam

    Adam says:

    @RashDecisions: I have no clue what you are talking about. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwlvsx4vJd1qi0ij1o1_400.jpg

    @Zebo: Probably.

    @tourinct: Won’t argue. Can’t argue. But is it reasonable to assume that everyone sees the era in which they became a fan of the sport as the “better era?”

    @CL: Depends on your team needs. My projections are below under my reply to Marty.

    @Aaron: Hibbert. *sigh* I can’t believe I’d go with Hibbert.

    @Marty Funkhouser: .455/.800/1.5 3pt/13 pts/6 rbd/3 ast/ 0.5 stl/0.5 blk/1.5 tov with Lopez out. Significantly less when Lopez (or Dwight) take over.

  22. Mr. Duck Fat says:

    @ adam and everyone

    Just lookin for some feed back.

    14 Team H2H 9 cat. 3rd Pick

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (3) Chris Paul PG
    2. (26) Al Horford PF,C
    3. (31) Steve Nash PG
    4. (54) Andre Iguodala SG,SF
    5. (59) Carlos Boozer PF,C
    6. (82) Devin Harris PG
    7. (87) Lamar Odom SF,PF
    8. (110) Boris Diaw SF,PF
    9. (115) Ryan Anderson PF,C
    10. (138) Corey Maggette SF,PF
    11. (143) Brandon Bass PF,C
    12. (166) Jordan Crawford PG,SG
    13. (171) Rodrigue Beaubois PG,SG
    14. (194) Beno Udrih PG
    15. (199) Andris Biedrins C

  23. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @That’s right around where I’d pegged him, give or take a rebound.

    At this point, would you rather own Jarrett Jack, Nick Young, Corey Maggette, Jared Dudley (with Brown breathing down his neck), or JJ Hickson (with Chucky Hayes showing a lot of heart)? Team’s deficient at 3’s but I tend to subconciously punt that category every season anyway.

  24. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Marty Funkhouser: Depends on your team needs. If you’re not punting threes, I’d go Young, Dudley, Jack, Maggette, Hickson. All else being equal, I’d go Maggette, Hickson, Young, Dudley, Jack.

  25. Mike Scobey says:

    Okur or Hayes

  26. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Mike Scobey: Okur now. Hayes in 6-8 weeks.

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