bledredwine wrote:An Unbiased Fan wrote:Again, the best scorers are on better teams now.
all are capable of scoring 50, but they're not int he position to do so as much. If Harden was still on OKC would he be dropping 46 in a game, not likely.
Even that list from 2001-2009 was mostly Kobe, AI, Tmac, and other scorers. It's not like just anybody could score 50 back then, it was really just a few players who scored it multiple times.
Wade capable of 50? Has he even scored 50 since 2009? That's 4 years!
and Westbrook? His career high is 45.
Even if they do manage to score 50, it'll be a one time thing.... not like Kobe/T-Mac/AI level of scoring where they're obviously more talented offensively.
Melo was in great position to score 50 with the Nuggets, and did it only twice. On the Heat, Dwyane Wade had as much of the offensive load as possible with any team, and he's scored 50 only 3 times... now he's not near the player he used to be. When he joined forces with Lebron, his PPG only dropped by 1.
I don't think that people realize how difficult scoring 50 is... just because MJ/Kobe did it so many times we take it for granted. But we have yet to see a player with such unstoppable/automatic offensive game like those two.
We're not talking about doing it multiple times, just once.
Hitting 50 once is difficult, but not impossible. Jennings did it for Christ sake! Jennings!
I'd say Westbrook would probably have a 50 point game under his belt if he was on a team where he was the 1st option.
But you're right on the last part. It's rare that you see guys who are capable of going for 50+ multiple times!
I hate to break it to the Durant fans, but I can never see KD having as many 50+ games as Kobe, let alone Michael.
Contrary to what the Durant homers may think, KD simply isn't as devestating an offensive force as peak/prime Kobe. And I don't think he ever will be.