There’s a perception that today’s athletes are so much better than years past that it’s not a fair comparison. And in honesty, the average NBA player now is taller, faster and better conditioned than the players of eras gone by.
But if you think the elite players back in the day would fall short in today’s NBA, you are mistaken.
As proof, check out this vintage Bill Russell footage from when he played at the University of San Francisco, grabbing the rebound, leading the break, leaping over a guy at the free throw line, hanging in the air and making the lay-up. Tell me again how he wouldn’t fit in today’s NBA (more as a four than a five, but still)?
Andrew Bogut left just 10 minutes into Dallas’ eventual loss to Charlotte Monday with what looked to be a hyperextended knee. After the game, coach Rick Carlisle said an MRI was coming, but they expected Bogut to miss time.
Looks like it will be a couple of weeks at least, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
ESPN sources say Mavericks center Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and could be back in two weeks.
Remarkably, he didn’t hijack the offense to produce those eye-popping numbers. Thompson shot a cool 21-of-33 from the field, and 20 of his baskets were assisted. In addition to Clark, Stephen Curry,Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston all possessed the ball longer than Thompson.
In fact, nobody has come close to scoring so much while having the ball so little.
Here are the highest scoring games since the NBA began publishing possession time in 2013-14, marking points in time of possession:
The the second-lowest time of possession on that leaderboard was also by Thompson. He scored 52 points in 2:40 of possession against the Kings in 2015.
But even that game required more than a minute of extra touch time.
Who has scored the most points in a game while possessing the ball for fewer than two minutes? Again, Thompson litters the list – with last night blowing the rest out of the water: