Kevin Pelton has many a great idea. So it means something when I say that this was one of his best ever.
Any game with at least 10 points and 0 assists, steals and blocks should be known as a "Shabazz."— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) July 16, 2013
Sadly, namesake Shabazz Muhammad has just 8 points to go with his zero steals, assists and blocks on Monday for the Summer Wolves. But we have high hopes for this season. Pelton also let us know who the all-time leader in Shabazzes (Shabazzi?) is: the great Dale Ellis. Here's a top 10 since 1985-86. It's filled with scoring big men, not Muhammadian wings. Data via basketball-reference.com, of course.
1. Dale Ellis (81)
2. Kevin Willis (72)
3. Kevin Duckworth (64)
4. Eddy Curry (60)
5. Corliss Williamson (57)
6. (tie) James Edwards, Wayman Tisdale and Tyrone Hill (53)
9. (tie) A.C. Green and Antawn Jamison (48)
Who did the most last season?
7 Shabazzi in 2012-13
Antawn Jamison (!)
6 Shabazzi in 2012-13
5 Shabazzi in 2012-13
I had totally pegged Kevin Martin as the Shabazzi Godfather; alas, Marcus Thornton has exceeded him in this category, too. Also, I'm just tickled at the idea of Harrison Barnes and Shabazz Muhammad having a glorious Western rivalry over claim to the throne of The Next Caron Butler.
Finally, the top 12 from the past five season.
1. Carl Landry (32)
2. Udonis Haslem (28)
3. Brandon Bass (25)
4. Ryan Anderson (23)
5. DeMar DeRozan (22)
6. (tie) Tyler Hansbrough and Marreese Speights (21)
8. (tie) Michael Beasley, Corey Maggette, Anthony Morrow, Jason Thompson and Nick Young (20)
Oh my heavens, Beasley, Maggs and Swaggy on ... the same list? Guh.