Hoops Trivia Embiid 50 Piece
Last night, Joel Embiid tied his career high with 50 points. He also had 12 rebounds and added 3 blocks. He was highly efficient on offense, shooting 17-for-23 from the floor and 15-for-17 at the line. When the game stats went official this morning, Embiid joined a relatively small, exclusive list. He is now the 16th player in NBA history to score 50 or more points, grab at least 10 boards, and block 3+ shots in the same game.
Only one player on that list shot a higher percentage from the field than Embiid. This player shot 22-for-28 (78.6%) from the field against the Detroit Pistons on March 3, 1985. Embiid slides in second at 73.9% shooting for his big game. The guy who torched the Pistons is the answer to today’s trivia question.
Born in Hibbing, Minnesota, this Hall of Famer would stay close to home to play his college ball for the Golden Gophers. After amassing over 1,700 points and 950 rebounds in his four years in college, he entered the NBA Draft. He was picked third overall. Based on Win Shares, this 6’10” forward was far and away the best player in his draft class. He had 113.0 WS for his career, which ranks him 56th in NBA history, right behind Walt Frazier.
For his NBA career, he played 13 seasons, all with the same team. He amassed averages of 17.9 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. In back-to-back seasons, he led the league in FG% at 60.4% both seasons. That is the only category he has ever led the league in. Interestingly enough, memory is a tricky thing, because you might think he was always a starter, but this two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner only started 400 of 971 career games.
The Black Hole
Dubbed by teammates as “The Black Hole” for his obstinate post play in either fighting through double teams or just flat refusal to pass out of tough situations. It was an affectionate moniker from a team full of Hall of Famers and one of the most dominant teams of his era. He appeared in seven All-Star Games, won three championships, was a six-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and made the All-Rookie Team. He is also notorious for nearly beheading Kurt Rambis with a nasty foul.
After his playing career, he has worked in front office positions, been a TV analyst, and coached for seven seasons. As a head coach, he had a record of 232-185. His teams made the playoffs three times, losing in the first round twice and the conference finals the other time.
Do you know who this is? Here’s the ANSWER when you’ve given up.
*As always, thanks to StatHead for being such a crafty tool in researching these questions.