During the offseason, sometimes people get bored. But it also provides a perfect time for reflection on the season that just passed. NBA.com posted their top 10 stat lines from the 2013-14 season. That should give the fans something to debate until preseason opens.
Here is their list:
10. Terrence Ross, Raptors: January 25, 2014 vs. Clippers. 51 points, 9 rebounds. Ross’s career high coming into this game was 26 points. He nearly doubled that in the home loss to the Clippers that night.
9. Timofey Mozgov, Nuggets: April 10, 2014 vs. Warriors. 23 points, 29 rebounds, 3 assists. Prior to this game, Mozgov had surpassed 15 rebounds in a game just twice in his four year career. On top of that, he had only eclipsed the 20 point threshold five times. To do both in the same game is something no one could have expected.
8. Kevin Durant, Thunder: March 21, 2014 vs. Raptors. 51 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists. KD is the only guy to make the list twice. His first appearance is due to his fourth career 50 point effort in a double overtime win over the Raptors.
7. Kevin Love, Timberwolves: December 22, 2013 vs. Clippers. 45 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists. His 45 points were the second highest total of his career, and he became the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1996 to go 45-19-6 or better in a game.
6. Corey Brewer, Timberwolves: April 11, 2014 vs. Rockets. 51 points, 6 steals. Brewer’s career high made him just the third player since steals became an official stat in 1974 to have a 50+ points and six steal game. The other two? Allen Iverson and Rick Barry.
5. Kevin Durant, Thunder: January 25, 2014 vs. 76ers. 32 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals. Surprisingly, this was the only triple double to make their list.
4. LeBron James, Heat: March 3, 2014 vs. Bobcats. 61 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists. Who was that masked man? James set personal and Heat-franchise marks with his 61 point outburst while wearing a face mask.
3. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: January 24, 2014 vs. Bobcats. 62 points, 13 rebounds. Melo set a career high, Knicks record, and Madison Square Garden record with 62 points. Any coincidence that the Bobcats gave up career nights to both LBJ and Melo?
2. Anthony Davis, Pelicans: March 16, 2014 vs. Celtics. 40 points, 21 rebounds, 3 blocks. The 21 year old Davis became the fourth youngest player to ever go 40-20 in a game.
1. Chris Paul, Clippers: October 31, 2013 vs. Warriors. 42 points, 15 assists, 6 steals. Paul became the only player since steals became an official stat to go 40-15-5 in a game.
What are your notable omissions from this list?