From the department of – he did WHAT?! It’s been a month since Terrence Ross had one of the most unforeseen, inexplicable, and profound performances in maybe, NBA history. 50 point games are still celebrated in high school and infrequent in college, but momentous nonetheless. In the NBA, however, 50-point games are a commonality, not a complete shock and are good for occurring usually multiple times a season.
Reason being, the best human’s on planet Earth at scoring a basketball are – NEWS FLASH – really, really good at scoring a basketball, regardless of world class defense and opposition. Aside from Wilt, Kobe and MJ revolutionized volume scoring on the perimeter. Which paved the way and led to the Tracy McGrady’s, Allen Iverson’s, Carmelo Anthony’s, etc.
But…TERRENCE ROSS? It’s dumbfounding, behooving, throw all the superlatives you want at it, but Terrence Ross scored 51 points in an actual NBA game. The historical game occurred a month ago, and basketball nerds everywhere still can’t wrap their minds around it, an unexplainable phenomenon – like why Jay-Z did the Hawaiian Sophie video. Nobody really knows why it happened, but it happened.
Coming into that fateful Saturday night game against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, Ross was averaging 9.3 points on the season, a respectable number for a raw, but immensely talented second-year swingman out of Washington. His previous career high in a game? 26. His claim to fame? 2013 Slam Dunk Champion (typed with half-hearted grin on my face), or in all actuality his claim to fame is that he’s cool with Toronto Raptor Ambassador and rap-star Drake.
But from a pure basketball standpoint, Terrence Ross hadn’t accomplished a whole hell of a lot prior to the 51-point outburst. Then, he goes and scores 51 points on 16-29 shooting, 10-17 from downtown, 9-10 from the line, and even threw in nine boards in his 44 minutes played. And all of a sudden, Terrence Ross now lives in NBA infamy with Tony Delk, Dana Barros, and Tracy Murray on a list of names that you’d never in million years guess recorded 50-point games.
Yet, Ross is only 22. He has a whole career ahead of him, and a prosperous one (with or without the 51-point game), at that. I, admittedly, was not a huge supporter of Ross when the Raptors had originally drafted him, but he’s done everything to disprove my doubt. He’s molded himself into a capable two-way starter on a team that is seven games over .500 for the first time in six years. The future’s bright for Ross, and although it’s a stretch to say, hopefully as bright as the night he shined brightest. Let us reminisce, and never forget: